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#MagicInMonaco Magic of Persia 2018 Exhibition and Fundraising Auction of Contemporary Iranian Art


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#MagicInMonaco 27th , 28th July 2018 Friday 27th July 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Exhibition of Auction Highlights Kamil Art Gallery, Emilie Palace, 3 Avenue Princesse Grâce, 98000 Monaco Exhibition open to public 18th - 27th July

Saturday 28th July 8:00 pm - 1:00 am

Gala Dinner and Live Art Auction conducted by Christie’s Keynote Speaker: Nazenin Ansari Auctioneer: Hugh Edmeades Musical Performances: DJ: LMBB Barbat Ensemble * This event is private and by invitation only. To place an absentee bid please contact bibinaz@magicofpersia.com by Friday, 27th July.


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Shirley Elghanian


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Shirley Elghanian We are delighted to be back in Monte Carlo, where we have been so warmly welcomed, for our second gala fundraiser. It has been an amazing and incredibly strong year for Magic of Persia (MOP), despite several challenges. Last autumn, we were thrilled to announce the 2017 edition of the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP). For me, this marks a particular achievement due to the unexpected hurdles we have faced, not only in its launch, but also in the execution of this, our fifth edition of the prize. There was a moment that the outlook seemed grim, as plans to send the judges of MOP CAP 2017 to Tehran were unexpectedly aborted due to the political climate. However, with some creative thinking by the MOP team, an out-of-the-box solution was found and we were able to swiftly arrange for the judges to reconvene in London. It was thanks to the generosity of Bonhams that the deliberation finally took place in one of their conference rooms. As such, we look forward with particular excitement to the exhibition of MOP CAP 2017 finalists this October during Frieze week at Bonhams in London. No matter what the challenges, our number one priority is to make a difference to the lives of these talented, young contemporary artists, and, as the saying goes, where there is a will, there is a way! Other achievements in the past year include our participation at artmonte-carlo in May, at which our stand received the prestigious ‘Prix Off FP Journe 2018’ prize. A record number of visitors attended our stand, including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II. We are also eagerly anticipating our exciting activities in Los Angeles this September. At our Gala there, we will be honouring none other than the highly distinguished and generous artist, Shirin Neshat. She will also be taking part in a panel discussion on her oeuvre, held in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). We will then be screening Neshat’s film, ‘Looking For Oum Kulthum’, at the British Museum in London the following month. It is thanks to the amazing efforts of supporters such as Shirin Neshat, and partner institutions like LACMA and the British Museum that we are able to do all that we do. I would also like to thank one particular individual, for his friendship and immeasurable and ongoing support of MOP. He has arguably been the greatest sponsor of all, our guest of honour, Ali Bakhtiar. Without his tireless generosity, we would not have the MAGIC in each and every Gala. With a small team of professionals and dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly on our programmes, new ideas are born and executed instantly and efficiently. Our success is guaranteed by our ability to reinvent ourselves and welcome new individuals to the team who bring with them a wealth of experience and insight. The generosity of the MOP community – which encompasses our sponsors, donors, guests, artists and volunteers – knows no bounds. Your support will continue to make a profound difference in our mission to make magic for these young artists. Last, but not least, what would we be without the artists? Thank you all for your generous contributions. Together, we can make the world a brighter place.


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About

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Since 2004, Magic of Persia (MOP) has operated on the cutting edge of Iranian art, carving a path for artists to present their work to an international audience. Through various programmes, the charity has created a platform for Iranian artists living inside and outside of Iran to have their voices heard through the universal language of art. MOP has established numerous projects in partnership with worldclass institutions in the UK, UAE, Europe and the US. Through the dynamism and expertise of MOP’s team, projects are delivered to a diverse audience before the ink dries. Various programmes and events complement our annual auction galas of donated artworks by Iranian artists and collectors, which are the main source of MOP’s fundraising gestures. The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP), Art Residencies in collaboration with the Delfina Foundation, Family Weekends at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Different Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art in collaboration with the British Museum and Curate Archive (online residency) are some of MOP’s ongoing programmes.


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BENEFICIARIES


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The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize A global search for the next generation of Iranian visual artists

Family Weekends Bringing together more than 120, 000 people at the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London

Art Residencies A platform for three young Iranian artists per year at the Delfina Foundation in London

Different Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art A series of two panel discussions annually in collaboration with the British Museum

Curate Archive An online residency for three international curators per year

Scholarship in Higher Education Grants for three Iranian students at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths University of London

Publication Grants Sponsoring artist books and research-based publications


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La Fondation Princesse Grace Founded in 1964 by Princess Grace, the Foundation annually contributes considerable help to humanitarian projects which benefit children and also helps students through cultural projects

Monaco Department of Education

The Department of Education, Youth and Sport has the remit of implementing the Princes’ Government policy in various areas.

Project M, From Monarchies and Mullahs to Mardom This project captures Iran’s cultural history through a comprehensive collection of its postage stamps.

The Tunnel Written & directed by BAFTA nominated filmmaker, Arash Ashtiani, is a fictional film inspired by real life. The film is produced by Anna Griffin and Anna Seifert Speck for Griffin Pictures with the support of the British Film Institute.


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Snowflake Snowflake is an independent school (not-for-profit UK-registered charity) providing high quality education for children with moderate to severe autism.

Mansour Bahrami Film Unconditional Pictures is honoured to be Producing the life of internationally loved Iranian sportsman Mansour Bahrami - an incredible true life story unique yet universal - & made for the screen.

SINAH The Courtauld Summer Institute for New Art Histories (SINAH): Arts of Iran, is an intensive summer course which will expose high-calibre students considering art historical postgraduate education to new research tools and methodologies for the study of the Arts of Iran.

Kanoon Iran Kanoon Iran (Iranian Cultural Centre) was established in 1982 with the aim of furtherance of the understanding of the Iranian cultural heritage.


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SPECIAL THANKS We have flourished solely through the support of our patrons, the galleries who generously collaborate with us, the buyers who spare no expense to build their wonderful collections and most importantly, through the generosity of the artists who donate their works to us. We are humbled by the array of donated artworks on display. This exhibition is a true testament to the charitable altruism at the heart of these artists. Through every donation, a beautiful cycle is maintained, whereby each artist provides an opportunity for another.


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Nina Ansary Nazenin Ansari Fereydoun Ave Ali Behnam Bakhtiar, Bakhtiar Design Nima Behnoud, NIMANY Heli Bin Brahim Kamil Davaripour, Kamil Art Gallery Hugh Edmeades Maryam Eisler Bastien Gonzales, Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio Caroline Jelmoni, Kamil Art Gallery Samira and Hamid Jourabchi Homa Art Gallery John Mojdehi Ebi Melamed Sanam Oveyssi Rebecca Anne Proctor, Harper’s Bazaar Janet Rady Lisa Rokny, Harper’s Bazaar Patti Rubin, Wonder Soil Arash Saedinia Ariana Stein Alain and Elizabeth Taghipour Stan Tomchin Anna Wallace Thompson And all those who wish to remain anonymous


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MAGIC OF PERSIA WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPPORT OF THE ARTISTS, COLLECTORS, GALLERIES AND ORGANISATIONS WITHOUT WHOM THIS EVENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE.


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Ali Behnam Bakhtiar


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Ali Bakhtiar We are proud of the many partnerships that we have but none more than the limitless one with Mr Ali Bakhtiar. His extraordinary support has been an invaluable gift to Magic of Persia. He has given his time and energy to supporting MOP and all its programmes since 2008. He is committed to making a difference by ensuring that our galas are so breathtakingly beautiful that they attract only the most distinguished donors and supporters. Ali Bakhtiar has singlehandedly transformed the image of MOP on the international stage of arts charities. Ali knows how to see a project through every single detail, from inception to completion. Every year another fresh and stunning vision is uncovered and the wow factor is felt by all the guests. More importantly, he does all this at his own expense. None of the funds raised at MOP galas go towards paying for the flowers or the dĂŠcor, thanks to the immeasurable generosity of our dear friend, Ali Bakhtiar. For this, we are eternally grateful. Thank you Ali!


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Nazenin Ansari


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Nazenin Ansari Nazenin Ansari is a British-Iranian journalist and a mother of two daughters. She is the Managing Editor of Kayhan-London and Kayhan-Life independent media outlets focusing on news and culture in Iran and the Middle East in Persian and English. Nazenin has contributed to international media outlets including BBC, SKY, France24, TRT, Al Arabiya and Al-Jazeera. She was the London Producer and Chief Correspondent for VOA Persian and moderated a bi-weekly roundtable discussion on Manoto Television called “In Hafteh.” A Trustee of the Foreign Press Association in London and Persia Educational Foundation, she serves on the Board of Directors of Encyclopaedia Iranica at Columbia University. Previously, she served as the President and Vice President the Foreign Press Association in London. Nazenin was also one of the Judges of the UK Parliamentary Press Gallery Awards for journalists considered to have made the greatest contributions internationally to the ‘protection, promotion and perpetuation’ of parliamentary democracy. As an expert on international affairs, she has been a guest speaker at conferences organised by research institutes and think tanks. She coedited the Foreign Policy Centre’s Iran Human Rights Review: Access to Information on the emergence of access to information as a pivotal element in promoting and protecting the human rights movement. Nazenin has worked with and been a member of a number of educational and charitable foundations, including the Friends of Persian Language Society at Cambridge, Benefactors of Kahrizak, the Iran Heritage Foundation, the award-winning Mihan Foundation, the Popli Khalatbari Foundation and Magic of Persia. She is a member of Chatham House and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in Public Affairs and Government and Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University in International Relations and Comparative Politics.


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Hugh Edmeades


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Hugh Edmeades Hugh took his first auction for Christie’s in 1984 and has since conducted 2,500 more, selling some 300,000 lots for a total sum of £2.6 billion. He has sold 300 lots in excess of £1 million. The highlight of his career in the rostrum came in Hong Kong in November 2014 when he sold a 15th Century Chinese Imperial embroidered silk Thangka for HK$348 million (£28.9 million), the world record for any Chinese work of art, sold by an international auction house. Hugh is a much sought after auctioneer for high profile national and international charity auctions and throughout his career has conducted over 790 sales raising in excess of £89 million for numerous charitable causes. His charity work has taken him around the world, including Bahrain, Chandigarh, Moscow, New Delhi, Paris, New York, Geneva, Monaco, Dubai, Beirut, Zurich, Doha, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and Casablanca. In 2005, he was chosen to conduct the BBC’s inaugural televised celebrity auction in aid of Children in Need. In 2008, he conducted the auction for Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Gala in London, selling the eight lots for a total of £4.3 million. Hugh joined Christie’s in 1978 as a furniture specialist. In 1984, he became Head of the Furniture Department at Christie’s South Kensington. In 1990, Hugh became Director of Specialist Departments and then after three years as Deputy Chairman, he was appointed Chairman of Christie’s South Kensington in 1999. In 2006 Hugh was appointed as Christie’s International Auctioneer.


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CONTRI BUTING ARTISTS


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Afsoon Alaleh Alamir Hojat Amani Pooya Aryanpour Fereydoun Ave Mohammad Bahabadi Nima Behnoud Mohammad Bozorgi Alireza Chalipa Josiane Cohanim Hanieh Delecroix Younes Faghihi Mehdi Farhadian Shadi Ghadirian Mehdi Hamedi Hamed Heidari Abbas Kiarostami Shokoufeh Malekkiani

Farbod Mehr Arsia Moghaddam Ahmad Morshedloo Dana Nehdaran Dariush Nehdaran Fereydoun Omidi Peybak Maryam Rastghalam Ali Razavi Shadi Rezaei Natasha Riboud Bahar Sabzevari Bijan Saffari Melika Shafahi Peyman Shafieezadeh Shirin Tabeshfar Siavash Talaei


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Bahar Sabzevari My turn? (Bad Girl Series) 2014 Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 101 x 101cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €4000

Bahar Sabzevari (born 1980 in Iran) spent most of her life in Iran before leaving for Paris in 2003 to study and experience art in Europe. She moved to New York in 2012, where she studied for an MFA at the New York Academy of Art. Sabzevari’s works have become a testimony to the weight religion has put on Iranian society and the duality and contradictions of contemporary Iranian life by using calligraphy, some religious details, characters and symbols to show the protest against restrictions. By depicting herself in most of her works, Sabzevari expresses the conflict between a woman’s role in Islam and her everyday existence. She has been the recipient of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Residency in Beijing, China in the summer of 2017. Sabzevari lives and works in New York.


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Peyman Shafieezadeh Untitled from Recycled Series 2016 Pencil and Gold Leaf on Burda Pattern Paper with Collage 295 x 110 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €6000

Peyman Shafieezadeh (born 1983 in Iran) graduated from Azad University of Tehran, Faculty of Art and Architecture. He has had four solo exhibitions and participated in more than thirty group exhibitions and biennales in Iran, America, China, Bulgaria, Turkey, Austria, Kuwait and many other countries. The existing paradox in his transitioning environment, challenging the paradigms and his nation’s public figures, symbols, traditions and conventions and his unusual use of different materials and elements have made Shafieezadeh renowned in his home country, Iran. Shafieezadeh’s thorough regard to the universe is a matter that indicates itself through the simplicity of his artworks and amazingly challenges the cultural issues of his surrounding society into theoretical and ontological depths, and then again, shares them with the audience in a quiet, unpretentious appearance. From this point of view, it is clearly observed that he is truly progressing alongside contemporary art.


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Younes Faghihi Untitled 2017 Ink and Acrylic on Canvas 120 x 300 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź8000

Younes Faghihi (born 1981 in Iran) is a musician and a painter who uses the forms, movements and composition of traditional Persian calligraphy and expresses his own art in a burst of universality. There is also an eternal message of peace and love hidden behind his works. After graduating in graphic design in 1999, Faghihi received a professional certificate in calligraphy from the Iranian Society of Calligraphy in 2001. He earned his degree in visual arts and decided to devote himself to this field in a professional and academic setting and later obtained a Masters Degree in Advertising Management from the Eastern Mediterranean University. In 2010, Faghihi was invited to carry out artistic research at the CitĂŠ Internationale des Arts in Paris and stayed there for 8 years. This was an experience that was decisive and strongly inspired Faghihi.


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Fereydoun Omidi Untitled Oil on Canvas 99 x 99 cm Courtesy of Feryedoun Ave

Starting Bid: â‚Ź4000

Fereydoun Omidi (born 1967 in Iran) received a BA in painting from Azad University, Tehran in 1993 and his MA in painting from the University of Art, Tehran five years later. His calligraphic works have been widely acclaimed for their luxurious form and texture. Working primarily with oil colour, his paintings are thick and rich in volume, engaging viewers in their attempt to decipher the combination of rhythmic repetition and spontaneous texture. Omidi uses a palette-knife to disfigure the letters he creates, transforming them from their original forms for depth and new meaning. His solo exhibitions include Flags at Opera Gallery, London in 2014, Calligraphy at Opera Gallery, Paris in 2013 and XVA Gallery, Dubai in 2008. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions at Total Art Gallery in Dubai, Lajevardi Foundation in Tehran, Nicolas Flamel Gallery in Paris, the Niavaran Cultural Centre in Tehran, and the Cite des Arts, Paris amongst others.


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Maryam Rastghalam Persian Garden 2016 Ink on Tea Coated Cardboard 50 x 65cm and 50 x 70cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €1700

Maryam Rastghalam (born 1981 in Iran) studied Graphics in Tehran’s Art and Architectural Azad University. She then moved to Italy to continue her studies in Art and after graduating in decoration, she moved to Milan to further her education by receiving a Masters of Visual Arts from the Fine Art Academy. Inspired by the depths of her dreams & nightmares, her fears & doubts, hopes & worries, myths, persian miniatures & architecture, nature and objects, Rastghalam combines these influences to create multi-layered works that speak to both her Iranian heritage and her experiences of living abroad in Europe. Rastghalam’s illustrations and paintings combine a variety of media, including watercolour, ink and collage. She currently lives and works in Milan.


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Hojat Amani Angels Series 2010 Inkjet Print on Canvas 110 x 80 cm Edition 2 of 5 Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź2500

Hojat Amani (born 1978 In Iran) is a multi-talented artist, working in a variety of media and styles, be it photography, painting, calligraphy, figurative or still life subject matter. He is unique, in that he has the ability to make Iranian art accessible to an international audience. Instantly recognisable as Iranian, he does not dwell on the negative aspects of the culture, from which so many of his fellow artists draw their inspiration. Raised in a very traditional family, Amani was familiarised with traditional art, and began working as a calligrapher during his teenage years. To the artist, calligraphy has been a signifier of liberation and purification, which through its repetition he feels acts as a mantra. Wanting to move away from traditional forms of art, Amani left home in search of contemporary methods of expression. During his time at university, he was introduced to art history, and became interested in integrating the modern and traditional. His goal was to give viewers a cathartic purification and a promise of freedom from the difficulties of contemporary life. Amani believes the commodification of art is the primary preoccupation of many, rather than appreciation of artistic merit. Amani believes that art represents beauty and has a much deeper purpose than that of just a material or financial purchase and therefore uses his art as a way of recreating his imagination and sharing it with others. Although Amani has experienced the hardships which are a result of war, he specifically chooses not to focus on it in his work. He prefers to create beautiful images, intending to provide some form of relief and escapism from the harsh realities of many of his countrymen. He states, “The success of the traditional artist comes when people can approach his art and find grace, pleasure and peace in it.�


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Untitled 2018 Paint and Marker on Canvas 130 x 170 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź3500

Ali Razavi (born 1977 in Tehran, Iran) studied mechanics in Iran. His interest in graffiti and graphic design led to 18 years of practice in the field. Recent group exhibitions have included Salvation Gaza, Niavaran Cultural Centre, Tehran: Takhti, Shirin Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran and Ahvaz; Experience, Panjereh Gallery, Tehran and Happy Days, Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris (all 2014).


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Pooya Aryanpour Unfinished Architecture 2014 Acrylic on Canvas Diameter 170 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €10000

Pooya Aryanpour (born 1971 in Iran) grew up in Iran; a vast country with an ancient culture. In the last three decades, Iran’s history has been witness to a host of upheavals, including revolution, war, nationwide protests, international sanctions and an unstable economy. Aryanpour grew up in a dissident and liberal family whose father did not believe in the traditional school educational system and therefore Aryanpour did not attend school. Learning tools were provided at home and Aryanpour took to the arts and sports in the years that ensued with art gradually becoming a profession, a language by which he could describe the times he grew up in. Aryanpour always thinks of roots and things that Iranians take pride in. The simple yet striking art of Iranian people was conquered by the vision of invaders time and again therefore turning effective, original and popular art into religiously tailored art. Throughout the years he has been striving to show a different phenomenon with a secret idea: an embodiment of a kind of beauty that is on the surface and close at hand. It is a way for the audience to communicate, not to limit the meaning. Form, to Aryanpour, is a subjective challenge of a distinct and indistinct object. It is distinct because he knows where it is coming from, yet indistinct, as he does not see where it lands. He paints figure-like objects in a traditional way – using methods, techniques and forms embedded in classic Iranian art.


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Mehdi Hamedi From Archive Series 2016 Oil Pastel and Ink on Paper Board 50 x 70 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź1000

Architectural elements are not just geometric shapes, they have converted into new concepts while divested from their function. Implicit meaning will occur when they are separated from their backgrounds or located in their new contexts. These works are a result of my preoccupation with this issue.


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Nima Behnoud Everything Ice Cream 2010 Acrylic and Fabric Pigment on Canvas 86 x 122 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €3500

Nima Behnoud (born 1976 in Iran) is an Iranian-American artist and Creative Director. He is the first fashion designer who implemented Persian calligraphy in a form of clothing and later on the creation of the brand NIMANY in New York. In 1994, Behnoud left Iran for San Francisco to study art and design and soon after his arrival, he began working with several design firms. In 1996 he started working at Colortone, the design house that produced the Apple Computer campaign “think different”. Soon after he was hired by Jamison Cawdrey Advertising where he experienced the fashion industry first hand by art directing photo shoots and campaigns for shopping malls in northern California. After spending five years in San Francisco’s advertising agencies, Behnoud moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in 1999. Behnoud started his career in New York by working as Art Director for L’Oreal Paris, and later joined the activewear brand Nautica as designer and Tourneau’s creative team creating advertising campaigns and providing design direction. In 2004 after graduating from FIT, a production team was put together and the first series of NIMANY T-shirts were produced. The name NIMANY was created by adding New York to his first name to pay homage to the city that inspired his vision. The initial process included hand picking the garments, opening and re-stitching the cuts, dying the colors through a chemical process and silk screening quotes of Persian poets such as Hafez and Rumi. Behnoud currently lives and works in New York.


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Peybak Abrakan 2018 Mixed Media on Paper 180 x 150 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €8000

Peybak (Peyman Barabadi and Babak Alebrahim Dehkordi, born 1984, Iran) is the pseudonym of two artists have been working together as the “unified duo” of Peybak since December 2001. They start work on every piece together, working on different parts, until both declare it finished. Peybak’s works are inspired by Persian poetry and mythology.


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Josiane Cohanim Understory 2012 Oil on Canvas 94 x 125 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €2000

Josiane Cohanim (born 1956 in Iran) is an artist and translator who grew up in Switzerland and came to the United States as a teenager. She received her BA from Wheaton College in French and Spanish Literature and her MA from Stanford University in French Literature. Her passion for poetry and fiction is only surpassed by her passion for creating art. A self-taught artist, Cohanim’s journey into painting started fourteen years ago. At times a meditative process, at times an emotional one, always an expression of freedom, the world of art offers infinite possibilities for creating. For that reason she has dabbled in oil and acrylic paints, mixed media, photography and clay. She has made use of a variety of tools from sticks to brushes, from sponges to spray bottles. These days, she’s at home with the squeegee, a perfect tool to show the reflection of the sky in water. In her work, Cohanim’s focus is less on reproducing the observed than on exploring the mysteries of life and nature. For the past twelve years, she has developed a keen interest in ancient poetry and mythology. After in depth readings of Ferdowsi’s epic poem, The Shahnameh, she is presently working on a contemporary English translation.


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Melika Shafahi 1001 Nights Series 2008 Digital Photography 100 x 70 cm Edition 3 of 4 + AP Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €1500

Melika Shafahi (born 1984 in Iran) like the rest of her generation, grew up negotiating the paradoxes of contemporary Iranian life: the influence of American consumer culture against the austere religiosity espoused by the state; the divisions between public and private spheres; the development of one of the world’s biggest markets for plastic surgery against official policies that try largely to hide both male and female bodies. After training in photography in Tehran, she studied fine arts in Lyon and now lives in Paris. This formation—one built on contrast and hybridity—has been essential to her work as an artist. Building on those formative years, Shafahi often works by creating meticulously and colorfully staged— one might even say, theatrical—largescale photographs that reflect her own hybridity, combining the lighting and composition typical of Renaissance painting with Persian visual references. In her series, Beautiful People (2014), exhibited in a solo show at Etemad Gallery in Tehran, Shafahi explored Iran’s globalised beauty culture, an aesthetic that itself blurs the lines between artificial and real, fact and fiction, embracing heavy make-up in bold colors, plastic surgery and not to mention steroidsupported body-sculpting. In Red Lipstick Island, Shafahi let her subjects choose their own props and poses (with the exception of a coat of red lipstick), photographing them against the backdrop of night and the obscurity of darkness. The result is a series of unexpected portraits that not only play with identity and ask what makes the individual, but also suggest our very human fragility in the face of discomfort.


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Farbod Mehr Line Corrosion of Power 2014 Antique Stamps, Marker, Acrylic and Digital Print on Canvas 82 x 82 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź1700

Farbod Mehr (born 1991 in Iran) is an Iranian artist and architect based in London. After graduating with a degree in Architecture from Central Saint Martins, Mehr began to venture into the world of graphic design and illustration, combining with it his interests of avantgarde architecture and Persian mysticism. His work is at the crux of architecture, design, geometry, computer-generated graphics, personal experience and Persian visual culture: an amalgam of theoretical knowledge spanning from past to present. Mehr cites his main inspiration as the contemporary ability to reflect on his Persian roots and identity. Mehr founded the art line The Bad Shepherd, and worked as architectural design director at studioINTEGRATE, a London-based architecture and design studio. He is currently working to build up a platform and Augmented Reality magazine for emerging Iranian artists and designers, Hypersia. Mehr graduated from Central Saint Martins College in London with a first class honors in Architecture. He has exhibited his work in numerous countries including the UAE, the UK, Iran, the US and many more.


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Dana Nehdaran Iron 2016 Iron Powder, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 152.4 x 121.92 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €8500

Dana Nehdaran (born 1982 in Iran) took his given name, Rahmatollah, from his grandfather who was an art, antique and rare gem merchant; however, he has always been known by his Persian name, Dana, meaning wise. His grandparents’ home held a marvelous collection of paintings and antiques and his mother and father were art aficionados, travelling the world to view noted institutional and residential collections. As a child, Nehdaran took great wonder and inspiration from this family’s passion for art and became motivated to study painting after discovering an uncle’s discarded box of art supplies at his grandmother’s house. His mother recognised his passion and talent, nurtured by sharing images from her world travels and enrolled him in private art classes with Hassanpour, a well-known artist who taught Nehdaran the fundamentals of art that would eventually lead him to study painting at the Soureh Art University in Shiraz. Nehdaran’s most recent series of paintings, Esther’s Children, has been shown in Tehran, Dubai and Los Angeles. All of Nehdaran’s paintings have a focus on the tension between past and present. Nehdaran has been a member of the Iranian Painter Association since 2007. Several works by Nehdaran have been sold at auction, including From the Agitations of Pleasure Series sold at the Tehran Auction and the Modern & Contemporary Iranian Art Auction both in 2014. There have been many articles about Nehdaran, including 14 Iranian Artists Explore Just How Complex Immigration And Identity Can Be, written by Priscilla Frank for The Huffington Post in 2017. Nehdaran has expanded his art internationally and his paintings and video works are available both in public and private collections worldwide including the Armando Reverón Contemporary Art Museum in Caracas-Venezuela, and the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai-UAE.


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16 Afsoon

Linocut on Japanese Inbe Paper 47 x 32 cm each Edition of 12 Mobile and Binocular are 9/12 Coffee maker and Matchbox are 11/12 Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź4500

Afsoon (born 1961 in Iran) is a London-based artist. Occident and Orient coexist in her works, which are multi layered and often combine text and sound with images, using various media such as linocuts, watercolour, photography, collage, and etching. She returns emotionally to her motherland via her work, which results from painstaking research into her chosen subject matter. Afsoon’s works have been extensively exhibited and can be found worldwide in prominent collections and museums, including the British Museum, LACMA and Berger/YSL Collection, among others.


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Mohammad Bozorgi Striped Dream of My Motherland 2018 140 x 190 cm Original Soils of: Iran France, England, USA, Canada, Australia Germany and Mixed Media on Canvas Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €8500

My actual art is a kind of protest against what is going to happen today in the world. A protest, to which why hopes are being perishing and disappearing with the wind. A protest for blood with which, is being allegedly shed. Protestation for crying eyes, and children whose short lives don’t prolong for their dreams to materialise. Protestation for fathers and mothers’ worried hearts that embracing their little children and triggering a voyage with death boat to immigrate toward haven countries. Protestation for the refugees and immigrants’ lives- tree, which its roots were left back in to the bleeding soil of their home countries, and its leaves are fallen on to the strange ground. In my artworks, everyday virtues are fighting with vices. But, I am sure the virtue ultimately will conquer over the vice. My calligraphic letters are dancing to quote yeah! The life is beautiful and it still worth standing and fighting for.


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Shadi Rezaei 245 Degrees of Freedom #4 2016 Lambda Print on Premium Photo Paper under Acrylic Glass & Robust Aluminium Dibond 120 x 80 cm Edition 2 of 3 + AP Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €3200

Shadi Rezaei (born 1986 in Iran) is a London-based interdisciplinary artist. She received her BA in Graphic Design from the University of Art in Tehran and her MFA in Fine Arts from UAL, Chelsea College of Arts and Design in London, 2017. Rezaei’s passion for visual arts comprises of an exploration of the relationships between tradition and contemporary art. Her works bring a series of mutable and spontaneous gestures that negotiate the relationship between stability and uncertainty. In her practice, Rezaei explores her own eidetic memory. A wide range of themes such as power, gender, animalism/humanity, oddity/beauty and identity are depicted in her work. Her journey of examination and exploration is carried out through various creative media and the use of unconventional materials, which enable her to create and question metaphoric expressions of the untold. The narratives she wishes to communicate determine the medium she chooses to work in. Rezaei’s subjects are often invited to play a part in the creation of the work, and a combination of photography, performance, dance, painting and the use of video render her work truly multi-dimensional. Rezaei’s works have been exhibited in several group exhibitions and auctions in the United Kingdom, America, Monaco, Dubai & Switzerland as well as having been presented in panels and publications.


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Shokoufeh Malekkiani Magic of Words 2011 Archival Pigment Print on Epson Premium Matte Canvas 100 x 150 cm Edition 1 of 4 Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź8000

Shokoufeh Malekkiani (born 1977 in Iran) is an award-winning Iranian photographer, lawyer, philanthropist and humanitarian activist, who has dedicated her career, law and life to overcoming hunger. She uses art and photography to draw attention to matters that are of essential importance and yet easily overlooked. Malekkiani’s determination has helped her win many national and international awards proving her unremitting enthusiasm and passion in her mission to enhance the living conditions of the underprivileged. In addition, her work was chosen to be included in the Oscars gift bag of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in 2011, and was dedicated to the United Nations World Food Program. Malekkiani has been the recipient of notable awards, including 2nd place in the Canadian Association for Photographic Art Annual Digital Competition in 2006, and other awards in America, England and Belgium. Malekkiani was included as the only representative of Iran in the Berlin Foto Biennale and the 4th Biennial of Fine Art Documentary Photography in 2016. She was recently a finalist for the 8th Julia Margaret Cameron Award in 2016 at The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in Europe and was given Honorable Mention at the 11th Annual Black and White Spider Awards in America. Her works have appeared in many magazines around the world and she has appeared as the spotlight artist in ARTisSpectrum magazine in New York in 2014. Since 2009 Malekkiani has worked unconditionally and relentlessly to focus attention and diminish the anguish related to hunger across the world. Towards this mission, she has made numerous donations to the United Nations to aid this purpose and the benefits of her first photography exhibition were dedicated to building a school in northern Iran.


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Hanieh Delecroix À Coeur Perdu 2018 Acrylic on Paper 187 x 98 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €7000

Hanieh Delecroix (born 1974 in Iran) moved to Paris at the age of three. Though excelling in the performing and visual arts at school, she decided to study psychology at the University of Surrey in England from 1997 to 1998. Delacroix then returned to Paris to study at the University of Paris X Nanterre where she received her Diploma in Clinical and Pathological Psychology and Cognitive and Emotional Processes. She has also attained her doctorate from LASI (Laboratory for Somatic and Identity Issues). She has worked in hospitals as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist specialising in infants and adolescents, as well as adults suffering from chronic illnesses. While working as a clinician she studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and now writes, sculpts and paints alongside her psychoanalytic practice. The relationship between the mind and the body, especially the mind of a damaged body, is central to her art. Shades of black and blue predominate her paintings, particularly intense hues of cobalt, ultramarine, and cerulean, which she usually applies with a palette knife in sweeping strokes, creating abstract forms that look written. She favours translucent paper, chosen for its fragility and its symbolic, skin-like quality. A crack in the paint or a tear in the paper become like a scar, she explains. “That’s life. We always tell children not to touch things or they will break, but in life you have to touch and to take risks.” Text: Rose Issa


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Shirin Tabeshfar Green Poetry 2016 Acrylic on Canvas 120 x150 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €5700

Shirin Tabeshfar (born 1958 in Iran) is a London-based artist. After graduating from the Behzad School of Fine Art in Tehran at the age of 18, Tabeshfar moved to the United Kingdom. She studied Combined Art for two years in Bristol University and then studied for a BA in Graphic Design at the Bath Academy of Art. Tabeshfar began a very successful career in Graphic Design, working for award winning design consultancies. Driven by her passion, Tabeshfar’s main focus soon became painting as she has always been fascinated by the themes and patterns of her background. She recently developed a series called Semblance, where she reshapes Persian motifs often used to decorate common objects. Each piece makes the familiar unfamiliar, awaiting discovery in the complex texture of the work. Tabeshfar’s paintings often remind one of eastern architecture or a Persian landscape. Her paintings have been exhibited widely with shows at the Josie Eastwood Fine Art Gallery, the Tabernacle Gallery, the Fairfax Gallery, Cricket Fine Art and The Royal College of Art. Tabeshfar’s work is also held in private and public collections across the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.


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Dariush Nehdaran Future-Ettela’at Series 2012 Digital Photography Fine Art Print on Canvas 150 x 100 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €5000

Dariush Nehdaran (born 1984 in Iran) is a contemporary visual artist who fearlessly defies the rules in order to bring multiple and complex meanings to his work. Through rhythmic juxtaposed images containing a variety of perspectives, he constructs a world between dream and reality and plays with clarity and depth to suggest an alternative way of seeing things. Throughout his childhood, Nehdaran suffered from poor eyesight, but chose not to wear glasses to avoid the stigma of getting bullied. During that time, he experienced and viewed the world in a blurry and ambiguous way. When he became a teenager, the use of his grandfather’s camera enabled him to see the world clearly for the first time in his life. The fact that he saw the world blurry through his own eyes and clear through the lens of the camera and the printed images has driven him to explore the subject of amphibology as the main topic in his work. By doing so, he has created a unique style that demands his viewers’ attention and focus as part of the resolution in his work. Nehdaran currently lives in San Francisco but has expanded his art internationally. His photographs and video works are available both in public and private collections worldwide including the Armando Reverón Contemporary Art Museum in Caracas-Venezuela (2018), LACMA in the US (2016), and the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai-UAE (2012). Nehdaran is the recipient of multiple awards including the Nikon International Photo Contest in Japan (2015), the Hamghadam Photo Festival in France (2010), and the 7th Image of the Year Festival in Tehran (2010).


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Mohamad Bahabadi Justice Dead End 2018 Glass, Wood, Knife 67 x 76 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź3500

Mohammad Bahabadi (born 1972 in Iran) hails from a town that lies at the junction of Yazd, Kerman and Khorasan in Iran. His name draws on the geography of the region, an area next to the Lut Desert. He went to school in Yazd, before studying at the Tehran University in 1991. This was followed by the University of Arts where he sought to study handicrafts, before moving to the University of Tehran, where he graduated in the field of sculpture.


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Natasha Riboud CafĂŠ de Flore 2010 Inkjet Print on Hahnemuhle Paper 31 x 130 cm Unique Print Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź2500

Natasha Riboud (born 1986 in America) developed a love of exploring the world and taking pictures early in her life. After attending Tulane University for a year, she changed directions and went to work as a teacher in rural Thailand, camera in hand. She continued her formal education in the arts later, returning to study at Sarah Lawrence College and later taking courses and ultimately working at the International Center of Photography in NYC. She worked both in the studio and in the darkroom for Arthur Elgort, printing toned silver gelatin prints for exhibition. For the past three years Riboud has been travelling the world once again, from Italy to Japan to Tanzania to Patagonia, accumulating photographs, gathering insights, and being humbled by different cultures and the kindness of people across our planet. She is currently working photographing the rebranding of a French bank called Baobab, showing the positive impact of microcredit loans for entrepreneurship in many African countries. Riboud currently lives in Mallorca with her husband and three children.


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Arsia Moghaddam Shahr-e-Farang 2007 Acrylic and Crayon on Paper 50 x 70 cm Courtesy of Homa Gallery

Starting Bid: â‚Ź1500

The heros in my paintings and stories are all philosophers who have no school, in other words, their minds are totally clean, totally clean of philosophical experience.


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Shadi Ghadirian Be Colourful Series 2002 C-Print 90 x 60 cm Edition 9 of 12 Courtesy of Heli Ben Brahim

Starting Bid: â‚Ź3600

Shadi Ghadirian (born 1974 Iran) is a contemporary photographer living and working in Tehran. Through her work, she critically comments on the pushes and pulls between tradition and modernity for women living in Iran, as well as other contradictions that exist in everyday life. Ghadirian gained international recognition through the series Qajar and Like Every Day in 1998 and 2001, respectively, and is now represented by Aeroplastics Gallery in Brussels, Kashya Hildebrand in London and Re-title.com, an online database for upand-coming contemporary artists.


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Fereydoun Ave Rostam in Late Summer Revisited Inkjet Print on Canvas 102 x 145 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź3000

Fereydoun Ave (born 1945 in Iran) was educated in America at Arizona State University and New York University. Ave has had over 13 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions across the US, the Middle East and Europe. His most famous body of work, from the Rostam and Sohrab series, was exhibited at the Iranian Contemporary Art exhibition in 2001 at the Barbican Art Gallery, London; the first exhibition in Britain to examine the development of Iranian art in the 20 years before and after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Ave is one of the major players in the Iranian art scene. Besides being an avid collector and artist, Ave has been responsible for launching the careers of many artists, and was the Permanent Artistic Director of 13 Vanak Street Gallery in Tehran from 1984 to 2007. Ave curated the first Magic of Persia Art Auction in Dubai which raised over $1 million in 2007.


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Mehdi Farhadian Tehran Summit 2017 Acrylic on Canvas 79.5 x 99.5 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź7000

Mehdi Farhadian (born 1980 in Iran) seeks to integrate abstract and figurative features to create dreamlike landscapes and city views, inhabited by people and animals commonly engaged in enigmatic acts through his work. The idiosyncratic iconography depicted in his paintings comes from different sources such as the overflowing vegetation of the Khazar bank in Northern Iran, famous Iranian buildings and historical figures, and Iranian middle-class life of the mid-20th century. Farhadian has an MA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran and has been teaching at the Elm o Farhang (Science and Culture) University in Tehran since 2010. Farhadian’s recent exhibitions include Sanctums of Decision, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York in 2016 and Art Capital, Comparison, Grand Palais, Paris in 2016.


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Alaleh Alamir Olive Trees 2009 Etching on 400gr Arches Paper 95 x 112 cm Limited Edition Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €2400

Alaleh Alamir (born 1959 in Iran) comes from a multicultural background. She pursued her higher education in the United States and went on to live in many countries. She presently lives and works in Europe. While one of her greatest sources of inspiration has always been nature, as evident in most of her wide-ranging work, throughout the years she has been exploring different media, showing great versatility of expression. When she eventually turned to etching and engraving, she soon felt very comfortable with the technique and it became a real passion. Even though she turns once and again to traditional themes prominent in classical Persian art forms such as mosaic or stained glass, her approach is cross-cultural, instinctive and conceptual. Alamir’s substantial body of work addresses what is central to her continual quest – issues of inner process and sensory perception. She is best known for her installations and presentations in series, in which she weaves different levels of meaning and experience in order to convey a sense of continual flow as well as permanence. Alamir is an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and her work has been extensively presented in solo and group exhibitions.


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Hamed Heidary Untitled 2017 Oil on Canvas 150 x 110 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź2500

In this magnificent dawn of perception in the universe, man’s vision has always given birth to a miracle carrying dew of perfection, on the newly blossomed body of human beings, from the very beginning to the moment we exist.


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Siavash Talaei Self Portrait 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 210 x 140 cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: €3500

Siavash Talaei (born 1980 in Iran) has been living and working between Italy and Iran since 2006. He holds a BA in Painting from Azad University, Tehran, a BA in Painting and Drawing as well as an MA in Visual Arts and New Forms of Expression from The Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. Talaei has participated in various group exhibitions in Iran, Italy, Brazil, the UAE and USA. He had a recent solo exhibition at O Gallery in Tehran in 2018. Through his paintings, Talaei expresses a sophisticated and nuanced experience of life in Iran, creating a consistent body of work that draws on a surprisingly wide range of influences, from his childhood in post-revolutionary Tehran to his long training in Classical and Renaissance Art in The Florence Academy. The viewer is drawn into a contrived pictorial world peopled with figures of an oppressive and stifling stillness, and left critical of possible schematic notions and suggested narratives: a world disturbingly populated with images familiar but unknown, in stark contrast to our comfortably familiar surroundings. Talaei’s paintings carry a suggestion of doubt about both his self-image and worldview, as well as his faith in the future. His work gives expression to personal defence mechanisms, articulating his acceptance of doubt, wherein the experience of uncertainty transcends being a mere threat and instead becomes the precondition to his freedom. It brings to mind Giacometti’s statement: “I have the impression or the illusion that I make progress every day. That motivates me.”


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Alireza Chalipa Untitled 2018 Mixed Media on Canvas 140 x 93cm Courtesy of the artist

Starting Bid: â‚Ź2200

Nowadays art movements are not concealed from anyone and we are all exposed to different art works and ideas. However this generosity, made possible by digital technology, has given rise to some contradictions. On the one hand artists from all around the world have opened different windows to the world which is accessible for everyone; on the other hand finding new approaches has become a more difficult and inaccessible task. However the paintings by Alireza Chalipa show promise of overcoming this difficulty. Watching the lives we don’t usually witness and balancing them to what we see in our everyday lives as well as creating disorder into the perspective of the canvas, but rather subtly, and also putting contemporary man into the places from yesterday, all create a kind of de-familiarisation that is only intelligible to him. His paintings upset the viewer’s daily routines and encourage her to rediscover herself and her environment. The window that Chalipa is trying to unlock, invites us to focus on ourselves rather than the world outside. Text: Reza Kianian


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Ahmad Morshedloo Untitled Ink on Paper 59 x 46 cm Courtesy of Fereydoun Ave

Starting Bid: €2000

Ahmad Morshedloo (born in 1973 in Mashhad, Iran) lives and works in Tehran and is celebrated as one of Iran’s most unique social painters. Inspired by and focused on the fast changing social issues around him, the social upheavals directly affect his works. Throughout his career as a social painter, Morshedloo has always emphasized modern man’s social and intellectual alienation as a result of his contemporary living conditions. Morshedloo believes that his art should carry a message and that being contemporary to him is about alertness and observation.


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Bijan Saffari Portrait of Ghasem Hajizadeh from the Portfolio of Portraits Silkscreen on paper 70 x 50 cm Courtesy of Fereydoun Ave

Starting Bid: â‚Ź2000

Bijan Saffari has been a truly inspirational mentor and innovator of ideas to many contemporary artists of his age. His works have been acquired by private and institutional collections.


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Abbas Kiarostami Untitled 2009 Photography 57 x 87 cm (framed: 91 x 121 cm) Edition 1 of 5 Courtesy of Shirley Elghanian

Starting Bid: €5000

Abbas Kiarostami (1940 - 2016, Iran) became one of the most important figures in post-revolution contemporary Iranian film. Kiarostami studied Fine Arts at the University of Tehran. He worked as a designer and illustrator throughout the 1960’s in advertising, making commercials, designing posters, creating credit titles for films and illustrating children’s books. In 1969 Kiarostami founded the film department at the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults. The department’s debut production was Kiarostami’s own first film, Bread and Alley. He ran the department for five years making educational films for children, which helped him form his basic approach to cinema. Kiarostami made more than 20 films, including fiction features, educational shorts, feature-length documentaries and a series of films for television. He has also written screenplays for other directors. He was awarded the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival for his Taste of Cherry in 1997 and the Un Certain Regard award in 1992 at Cannes. He was also a published poet and a photographer and had numerous gallery exhibitions of his photography, short films and poetry.


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ARTIST RESUMES


Afsoon

Born: 1961 Ascot, The British Museum Press, 2012
 | New York

Education: BA, Media and Communication, Fresno State University, California, 1984 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Persian Expression, Shirin Gallery, New York, 2016 | Traveling Birds and the Flags of Dharma, The Long Gallery, London, 2013 | Once upon a Time, 127 Gallery, Marrakech, 2013 | Icons of the 4 Corners, Xerxes Gallery, London, 2011 | The Fairy Tale Continues, LTMH Gallery, New York, 2010 | Selected Group Exhibitions: In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art, LACMA, Los Angeles, 2018 | Two Women Show, Afsoon and Paula Rego, De Queeste Art, Belgium, 2018 | Abolish 153, Kuwait, 2018 | In a Country Far Far Away, Art Pavilion, London, 2018 | Women and War Festival, London, 2017 | Iranian Voices, British Museum, London, 2017 | Traditions at the Art Pavilion, London, 2017 | Art Brief III at the Advocartsy, Los Angeles, 2017 | The Ocean can be Yours, Gerald Moore Gallery, London, 2017 | Persian Colours, Shirin Gallery, New York, 2016 | Paper Conversations, Hafiz Gallery, Jeddah, 2015 | Mirage, Haleh Gallery, Munich, 2015 | Opening Up, Francis Boeske Project, Amsterdam, 2015 | The Wise Men of the East, The British Museum, London, 2013 | Women Collectors, Women Artists, Lloyds Club, London, 2013 | Foto Fever, Paris, 2013 | I Ran with Iran, Galerie Nicolas Hugo, Paris, 2012 | The Horse from Arabia to Royal Ascot, The British Museum, London, 2012 | The Queen’s Jubilee Exhibition,The Pump House Gallery, London, UK, 2012 |Christies Auction, Dubai, 2011 | COMMON THREADS, Al Serkal Heritage House, Dubai, 2011 | The Dropped Pearls, Uusi Kipina Gallery, Lahti, 2010 | Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Abu Dhabi, 2010 | Iran Today, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Koln, 2010 | Art in Marylebone, London, 2010 | In a Different Light - Artists from Iran, Osborne Samuel Gallery, London, 2009 | Biennale: Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, 2010 | Collections: LACMA, 2018 | The British Museum, London, (Department: Middle East), 2008, 2011, 2012| La Fondation Pierre Berge, Paris, 2016 | Sabanci Collection, Istanbul, 2011| SPM, Salsali Private Museum, Dubai | Farjam Collection, Dubai | Publications | Films: Contemporary Iranian Art, From the Street to the Studio, By Talinn Grigor, 2014 | The Horse, from Arabia to Royal

Times Editorial Page, 2010 | Pearls on the Ocean Floor, A documentary by Robert Adanto, 2010 | The 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts, International Center of Graphic Arts, 2009 | Different/Sames, New Perspective in Contemporary Iranian Art, By Hossein Amirsadeghi, Thames & Hudson, 2009 | Green Cardamom; Drawn from Life, part one, Drawing Process, Catalogue, 2008
 | Artroutes; A Major Exhibition of Contemporary Middle Eastern Art, Catalogue, 2008|

Alaleh Alamir

Born: 1959

Education: MFA, Parsons School of Design, USA, 1986 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Eloquence des Particules, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, 2017 | Eight in the South, Three in the North, Nice, 2015 | Selected Group Exhibitions: Charis, Elemental Sculpture Park, Gloucester, 2018 | A Rose is a Rose, Berlin, 2016 | Something Special, London 2013 | Cosmopolitis, Nice, 2013 | Art Libris Art Fair, Barcelona, 2013 | Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, 2012| Hidden Cities, Istanbul, 2012 | Rose Issa Projects, London, 2010 | Streaming Festival, The Hague, 2010| Publications: A Persian Allegory of the Cave, Dissident Voices, NuktaArt Magazine, Vol. 4, 2009 | Different Sames, New Perspectives in Contemporary Art, 2009 |

Hojat Amani

Born: 1978

Education: PhD, Islamic Art History, University of Tehran, Iran, 2016 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Between Traditional & Modern, Haleh Art Gallery, Berg, 2013|REORIENT, Artin Art Gallery, Mashhad, 2013 |Exhibition, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, 2012|Paradise, Environmental Photo, Day Art Gallery, Tehran, 2012|Drawing Exhibition, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, 2008| Selected Group Exhibitions: Abstract Paintings and Nomadic Textiles, Fereshteh Art Gallery, Tehran, 2017| Persian Still Life, March Gallery, San Francisco, 2017| New Painting, The Egg Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2016| Fine Art Show, Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, 2016| Qajariat, Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Doha, 2015| Afghan,


122 Pakistan and Iranian Calligraphy, Chawkhandi Gallery, Karachi, 2015| Image of Women in Iranian Contemporary Art, ACCE Art, Yerevan, 2015| Art in Secret Mawaheb from Beautiful People, Showcase Gallery, Dubai, 2015| 4th Generation Contemporary Iranian Art Work, Laleh Art Gallery, Tehran, 2015| Displacement Anxieties, Chawkhandi Gallery, Karachi, 2014|Naqayesh4, Negah Art Gallery, Tehran, 2014|7seen, Haleh Art Gallery, Munich, 2014|Annual Painting Exhibition, Henna Art Gallery, Tehran, 2014|Neo Pop Art, Walnut Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, 2013| Voyage, Masters of Persian Calligrapher, Nicolas Flamel‎‫ ‏‬Gallery, Paris, 2013|In the Name of Peace, Middle East Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kuwait City, 2013|Art Show, Artclvb, Toronto, 2013|Train to Tehran, Holland Park Opera House, London, 2012|The Asia House Fair, London, 2012|3 worlds in 1, Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre Exhibition Hall, Klaipeda, 2011|Persian Calligraphy Workshop, Baroti Art Gallery, Klaipeda, 2011|MOP CAP 2011 Shortlist Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, 2011|MOP CAP 2011 Shortlist Exhibition, Traffic Gallery, Dubai, 2011|Concerning Angels, Janet Rady Fine Art, London, 2010|Iranian Innovative Painters, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, 2009|Recycle Art, Iranian Environmental Artist, Laleh Studio, Tehran, 2008|Calligraphy Masters, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, 2008| Biennales: Scope Basel Art Fair, Basel, 2014|Making History, 3rd Colombo Art Biennial, Colombo, 2014|From Tehran, Scope Miami Art Fair, Miami, 2012|Requiem, 2nd Kathmandu International Art Festival, Kathmandu, 2012|2nd Iranian Photography Expo, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, 2012|Angels’ Dream, Athena Video Art Festival, Athens, 2010|Iranian Photography Expo, Iranian Academy of Art, Tehran, 2008|

Pooya Aryanpour

Born: 1971

Education: MA, Painting, Azad University, Tehran, 1999 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, 2007|Serendipity Gallery, Sweden , 2004|Golestan Gallery, Tehran, 2003|Barg Gallery, Tehran, 2000|Barg Gallery, Tehran, 1997|Barg Gallery, Tehran, 1994| Selected Group Exhibitions: Hoor Gallery, Tehran, 2007|Maah Gallery, Tehran, 2006|Hoor Gallery, Tehran, 2006| East of Dream Exhibition, Tehran

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 2006|Gardens of Iran, Conceptual Art Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran, 2004| Turning Points: Seven Iranian Artists, Columbia University, NY, 2004|Abim Group Exhibition, Mimara Museum, Zagreb, 2003|A Spiritual Vision, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 2003|Abim Group Exhibition, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, 2003|Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, 2002 |2nd Conceptual Art Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 2002|Exhibition to aid Earthquake Survivors, Tehran, 2002|The Silent Brush, The Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC, 2000|International Artexpo, New York, 2000|The Cultural Centre of the Embassy of Mexico, Tehran, 1999|International Exhibition of Children’s Illustration, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 1993| Biennales: Islamic World Biennial, Saba Cultural Center, Tehran, 2006| 6th Painting Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 2004|2nd Biennial of Contemporary Painting of the Islamic World, Tehran, 2002|5th Biennial Painting, Tehran, 2000|Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh, Dhaka, 1999|

Fereydoun Ave

Born: 1945

Education: Film School, New York University, New York, 1970 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Silk Road Gallery, Tehran | 13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran | Hervé Van der Straeten Gallery, Paris | Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran | XVA Gallery, Dubai| B21 Progressive Art Gallery, Dubai | Iran-America Society Cultural Center, Tehran | Litho Gallery, Tehran | Zand Gallery, Tehran | Farideh Cadot Gallery, Paris | Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran | 13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran | Omega Gallery, Athens | Sheikh Gallery, Tehran | Evènement du Jeudi, Paris | Selected Group Exhibitions: Salon d’Automne de Paris, Paris| Iran Heritage Show, London | Iranian Contemporary Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London| Regard Persan, Espace Electra,Paris | Iran Under the Skin, Case Asia Barcelona| Gods becoming men, Frissiras Athens, Athens| The Contemporary Persian Scene:The American and European Experience, Leila Taghinia - Milani Heller Gallery, New York| Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran| Welcome, Kashia Hildebrand Gallery, New York| Photography Collection, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris | Heller Gallery, New York| Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran| Welcome, Kashia Hildebrand Gallery, New York|


123 Photography Collection, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris| Collections: La Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Paris |Michket Krifa Collection, Paris|Goulandris Collection, Athens|Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran |Lloyd’s Bank, Geneva|Nemazee Collection, New York|Rose Issa Collection, London|Harmonia Mundi Collection, Arles|Centre Georges Pompidou Collection, Paris|Farhad and Shirin Moshiri Collection, Tehran| Cy Twombly Foundation Collection, USA| Publications: Canvas Magazine, Artist Profile, September, 2007 |Erotica, The Fine Art of Sex, Edward Lucie- Smith, Hydra Publishing, 2002|Art Tomorrow, Edward Lucie-Smith, Pierre Térrail Editions, Paris 2002|Art Review Magazine, February, 2002 |Regards Persans, Paris Musée Editions|

Mohammad Bahabadi

Born: 1971

Education: BA, Sculpture, Tehran University of Fine Art, Tehran, 1999 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Now Untitled, Iranshahr Gallery, Tehran, 2016 |Justice Dead End, Aun Gallery, Tehran, 2015 | Past 36 Years, Tehran Art Workshop Gallery, Tehran, 2015 |Past 36 Years, Art Center Gallery of Yazd, Tehran, 2015 |Where Deep Red Belongs, Aun Gallery & Aun Iranian Art Foundation, Tehran, 2014 |Unread Letters, Rojan Gallery, Yazd, 2013 | Shahr-va, Aun Gallery & Aun Iranian Art Foundation, Tehran, 2014 |Golden Science, Khak Gallery, Tehran, 2001 | Selected Group Exhibitions: Frontier, Iran Artist Forum, Tehran, 2017 |Under the Deep Blue Skye, Iran Artist Forum, Tehran, 2017 |Censorship (Red Border), Contemporary Art Gallery of Yazd, Yazd, 2015 |The 2nd Painter Society Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery of Yazd, Yazd, 2015 |The 1st Painter Society Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery of Yazd, Yazd, 2014 |Arabs Swindle Us (Share/Share), Haft Khan Gallery, Yazd, 2014 |Censorship, Rojan Gallery, Yazd, 2014 |Pashotan J Markar Memorial, Rojan Gallery, Yazd, 2013 |Olive Leaf, Contemporary Art Gallery of Yazd, Yazd, 2013 |Abstract Sculptures, Laleh Gallery, Tehran, 2001 | Awards: Padideh Shandiz Sculpture Symposium, Mashhad, 2014 |Committee Member of Iranian Sculpture Society, 2003 and

2005 |Establish Sculpture Found Bronze Workshop with Parviz Tanavoli, 2006| Parviz Tanavoli Sculpture Studio, 2002 to 2005 |

Nima Behnoud

Born: 1976

Education: MA, Global Fashion Management, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), America, 2010 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Art Exhibition, Shirin Gallery, Tehran, 2016 |Art Exhibition, Shirin Gallery, New York, 2015 |Art Exhibition, Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, 2014 | Art Exhibition, Courtyard Gallery, Dubai, 2013 |Art Exhibition, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, 2011| Selected Group Exhibitions: Asia Society Museum, New York, 2013|NIMANY Art Show, Shelter Gallery, Dubai, 2008| Publications|Films: Headline Story on Nima Behnoud Studio Art, Rolling Stone Magazine, 2012| Washington Times, 2007|Teen Vogue, 2007| Gloss Magazine, 2007| City Magazine, 2007| Awards: Creative Achievement Profile of the Year, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), 2014|2nd Place, Tokyo Graniph Award for Typography Design, 2006|AADG Award, Fashion Galleria Campaign, San Francisco, 1999|

Mohammad Bozorgi

Born: 1978

Education: Executive MBA, Industrial Management Institute, Iran, 2009 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Dance in the Dark, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, 2017 |Against the Darkness, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, 2016 | Transcendental Strokes, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, 2015 | Symphonic Meditations: Ayyam Gallery, Jeddah, 2014 | Identical Manifestation, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, 2012 | Selected Group Exhibitions: Write Me a Poem, Mottahedan Projects, Dubai, 2015 | Alternative Calligraphy 3, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, 2014 |Ey Iran, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, 2014 |Voyage, Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, 2013 |The Festival of Art, Iranian Painter’s Forum, Tehran, 2013 |Word Unveiled, EndjaviBarbé Art Projects, Geneva, 2012 | The Next Generation of Contemporary Iranian Calligraphy: Kashya Hildebrand


124 Gallery, Zurich, 2012| Biennales |Art Fairs: Vienna Art Fair, 2012 | Abu Dhabi Art Fair, 2017 | Collections: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur |The Samawi Collection, Dubai | Publications | Films: Nun Wa Al Qalam: Contemporary Muslim Calligraphy – the Collection of the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia, Edited by Dr. Heba Nayel Barakat and Adline Abdul Ghani, Islamic Art Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia |

Alireza Chalipa

Born: 1984

Education: BA, Printmaking, Printmaking University, Tehran, 2009 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Satrap, Middleway Gallery, Hamburg, 2018|Prevalence, O Gallery, Tehran, 2016| Another Court, Aun Gallery, Tehran, 2013|Identity, Aun Gallery, Tehran, 2012| Selected Group Exhibitions: Summer, No4 Gallery, Tehran, 2017|This House, Iranshahr Gallery, Tehran, 2016|Cinema Kiarostami (A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami), Charsoo Gallery, Tehran, 2016|One Million 2, Saless Gallery, Tehran, 2016|Portrait, Saless Gallery, Tehran, 2016|Dr. Ahmadi’s Project, Saless Gallery, Tehran, 2016|Remembering Tomorrow, Magic of Persia Foundation, Tehran, 2014|Aun 94, Aun Gallery, Tehran, 2014|Annual Exhibition of the Society of Iranian Painters, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, 2014| Howze Honari Gallery, Tehran, 2005|Fotoohi Gallery, Shiraz, 2002|Baran Gallery, Tehran, 2001| Biennales: MAG Art Fair, Montreux, 2017|8th Painting Biennial, Saba Art and Cultural Institute, Tehran, 2011|5th Youth Art Festival, Saba Art and Cultural Institute, Tehran, 2010|

Josiane Cohanim

Born: 1956

Education: MA, French Literature, Stanford University, Palo Alto, 1982 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Bandilac Art Factory, Agoura Hills, California, 2017 | Beneath the Stream, The New School of Cooking Café, California, 2016 |

Selected Group Exhibitions: I Don’t See Red series, Nonagon, Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, 2018 | LA Art Association Artists Exhibition, The Loft @ Tag Gallery, California, 2017 | LAAA Los Angeles Art Association Benefit Auction, Gallery 825, California, 2017 | Reflections 2017 Group Show, San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, California, 2017 | LAAA Los Angeles Art Association, VS Group Show, Gallery 825, California, 2017 |

Hanieh Delecroix

Born: 1974

Education: PhD, Somatic & Identity issues, University of Paris X Nanterre Selected Solo Exhibitions: Pulse, Haley Gallery, Munich, 2018 |Le Principe de Plaisir, Nanterre University, Nanterre 2018|From a Psychic Envelope to an Art Envelope, Asia House, London, 2017|Tenderness, Mamia Bretesche Gallery, Paris, 2016|Syntone, Regard Sud Gallery, Lyon, 2015|Lifeline, Rose Issa Projects, London, 2014| Selected Group Exhibitions: The Night of Museums, Mairie de Paris, City Hall, Paris, 2017|La Nuit avec Délices, Muséum, Maison de Balzac, Paris, 2017|Panser Joyce à mi-maux & Navazesh, Freud Museum, London, 2017|The Writing of Art, Rose Issa Projects, Nour Festival of Art, Ismaili Centre, London, 2016 |Du point à la ligne, Mamia Bretesche Gallery, Paris, 2016|Blue Gold, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, 2016|Joyce Mansour et Autour, Sophie Scheidecker Gallery, Paris, 2015 |Joyce Mansour, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, 2015|Rencontre, City Hall Paris 1, Paris, 2014|Into the Blue, Galerie Marie Ricco, Calvi, Corse, 2014| Biennales: Panser Joyce à mi-maux, Beirut Art Fair, Golestan Gallery, Beirut, 2015|Lifeline, Rose Issa Project, Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeira, Dubai, 2014| Collections: King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture WASL, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia|British Museum, Islamic Art Department, London|

Younes Faghihi

Born: 1981

Education: MA, Advertising Management, Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus, 2010


125 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Olivier Mousson Gallery, Paris, 2018 | Le100 Gallery, Paris, 2016 |GRK Gallery, Paris, 2014 |Al-E-Ahmad Gallery, Rey, 2005 |Mirmiran Gallery, Artistic Forum of Iran, Tehran, 2004 | Laleh Gallery, Tehran, 2002 |Honar-e-Sabz Gallery, Tehran, 1998 | Selected Group Exhibition: GRK Gallery, Paris, 2014 |When the Letters are Love, MANART Gallery, Paris, 2013 |Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, 2014 | Cite international des arts, Paris, 2010 | Iran Cultural Center, The Hague, 2010 | Islamic Cultural Center, Rome, 2010 | Naami Galley, Tehran, 2007 |Khayyam Gallery, Tehran, 2006 | Saroban Gallery, Tehran, 2003 | Barg Gallery, Tehran, 2002 | 9th International Exhibition of Quran, Tehran, 2000 | Laleh Gallery, Tehran, 1998 |Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 1998 |Seda & Sime Gallery, Tehran, 1997 | Freedom Museum, Tehran, 1997 |

Biennale: The Great Game, Iran Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2015|

Shadi Ghadirian

Born: 1974

Education: BA, Photography, Azad University, Iran

Biennales |Art Fairs: Art Monaco, Monaco, 2013| Awards|Grants |Fellowships: Research Scholarship, Cite International Des Arts, Paris, 2010 | 1st place, Visual Artist, Technical University of Shariat, 2001 |Selected modern calligrapher in the 3rd Festival of Visual Arts, Tehran, 2000 | 1st place, Artist, Tendencies of Modern Calligraphy, 1st Visual Art Festival of Tehran, Tehran, 1998 |

Mehdi Farhadian

Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Museum, New York, 2009 |Iran on Paper, The Last 10 Years, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, 2009| Iran/ Painting/Now, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, 2009| Iran Without Border, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, 2009| Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art, LTMH Gallery, New York, 2009| Radical Drawing 1, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, 2007| Radical Drawing 2, Tehran Gallery, University of Tehran, Tehran, 2007| Four Young Artists, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, 2007| Song of Bulbuls (Nightingales) of the Oil-Rich Regions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Isfahan, 2007| Selected Contemporary Iranian Realist & Hyperrealist Art, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, 2005|

Born: 1980

Education: MA, Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts Tehran University, Tehran, 2008 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Sanctums of Decision, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, 2016| Fires & Flowers, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, 2014| A Miracle for the Whole World, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, 2013| BAHARESTAN, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, 2011| Untitled, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, 2009| Selected Group Exhibitions: ART CAPITAL ( Comparison ) Grand Palais, Paris, 2016| Iran Art Now! Setareh Gallery, Dusseldorf, 2015| The Sea, XVA Gallery, Dubai, 2012| MOP CAP Finalist Artist Exhibition, Royal College of Arts, London, 2011| MOP CAP Exhibition, Traffic Gallery, Dubai, 2011| Landscape, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, 2010| To Paint Cinema, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, 2010| In the Mood for Paper, F2 Gallery, Beijing, 2009|

Selected Solo Exhibitions: Podbielsky Contemporary Gallery, Berlin, 2013 |The International Photo Festival, Kusadasi, 2012|Queen Gallery, Canada, 2011|Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, 2011|Guild Art, Mumbai, 2010|Aeroplastics Contemporary, Belgium, 2009|FCG Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, 2009|Co2 Gallery, Rome, 2009|Boudin Lebon Gallery, Paris, 2009|LACMA, California, 2008|Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, 2008|Tasweer Gallery, India, 2008|B21 Gallery, Dubai, 2007|Photography Festival, Istanbul, 2007|French Cultural Center, Damascus, 2006|Al Mamal Foundation2, Jerusalem, 2006 |Villa Moda, Kuwait, 2002|Golestan Gallery, Tehran, 1999| Selected Group Exhibitions: The Elephant in the Dark, India, 2012|Indian Perspectives, Richard Young Gallery, London, 2012|Light from the Middle East, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2012| The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society, Art Gallery of the Princeton Arts Council, New Jersey, 2012|Evreux, Maison des Arts, France, 2012|The Other Half of Iran, SEMArt Gallery, Monte Carlo, 2012|Museum of Contemporary Art, Isfahan, 2012|Iranian Art, Cite International des Arts, Paris, 2012|Majority World, Guardian Gallery, London, 2012|Pictorial Representations from the Arab World and Iran, Rose Issa Project, London, 2012 |The French Cultural Center in Yangon, Yangon, 2011| Zendegi, Beiroot Exhibition Center, Beirut, 2011|Face Contact, PHotoEspana, Madrid, 2011|Pool, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, 2011 |Tehran Monoxide Project, Kherad School, Tehran, 2011|LTMH Gallery, New York, 2010|Barakat, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, 2010|


126 Waterhouse & Dodd, London, 2010 |The Silk Road, Saatchi Gallery, Lille, 2010 |IRAN: Preview of the past, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, 2010 |Masques of Shahrzad, Mall Gallery, London, 2009 |Purdy Hicks Gallery, London, 2009 | Du Quai Branly Museum, Paris, 2009 |Routes, Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery, London, 2009 |Guild Art Gallery, New York, 2009 |Arario Gallery New York, 2009 |The Seen and the Hidden, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, 2009|Word Into Art, DIFC, Dubai, 2008|Exprmntl Gallery, Toulouse, 2008 |San Diego Convention Centre, California, 2007|Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, 2007|Blessed are the Merciful, Feigen Contemporary, New York, 2006|Artspace Witzenhausen , Amsterdam, 2006|The Veiled Mirror, Contemporary Iranian Photography, De Santos Gallery, Houton, 2006|Word into Art : Artists of the Modern Middle East, The British Museum, London, 2006|Le Rectangle, Lyon, 2006|Selyemes Fenyek, Budapest, 2006|Rebel Mind Gallery, Berlin, 2005|Galata Fotografhanesi, Istanbul, 2005|Boudin Lebon Gallery, Paris, 2005|Third Line Gallery, Dubai, 2005|San Jose Museum of Art, New York, 2004|The House of World Cultures, Berlin, 2004|Harem Fantasies and the new Scheherzades, Spain and France, 2003|Veil Exhibition, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Liverpool, 2003|Sorbonne University, Paris, 2003|Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, 2002|The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 2002 |A Space Gallery, Toronto, 2001|Barbican Art Center (Iranian Contemporary Art), London, 2001|Inheritance, Leighton House Museum, London, 2000 |The House of World Cultures, Berlin, 2000 |The Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation, Worth Ryder Gallery at University of California, California, 2000|Leighton House Museum, London, 1999|Sooreh International Photo Exhibition, Tehran, 1998|Barg Gallery, Tehran, 1998|Group Exhibition (About Children) Aria Gallery, Tehran, 1997| Biennales: Biennial of Fashion Photography, Varazdin, 2012|Tbilisi Photo Festival, Tbilisi, 2012 |Photo Espana Festival, Spain, 2011|Photo Biennale of Moscow, 2004|Photo Biennale of Luxemburg, Luxembourg, 2004 | Sharjah International Biennial 6, Sharjah, 2003| Collections: The British Museum, London |The Victoria and Albert Museum, London| LACMA, California |The Smithsonian museum, Washington DC |Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris|Mumok (Museum Modern Kunst Sitftung Ludwig), Vienna|Musée d’art et d’archéologie de la ville d’Aurillac |Devi Art Foundation, India|Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran |

Mehdi Hamedi

Born: 1980

Education: MA, Painting, Art University, Isfahan Selected Solo Exhibitions: Panopticon Series, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2018 | Archive Series, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2016 | All That Solid, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, 2015 | All That Solid, Khorshid Gallery, Lavasan, 2014| Selected Group Exhibitions: Homa Summer Collection, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, 2017 | Possibility of Event, A Gallery, Tehran, 2016 | Summer Collection, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2016 | Naghsh Gallery, Esfehan 2013 | Contemporary Museum, Esfehan, 2011|

Hamed Heidari

Born: 1981

Education: Senior Associate Degree, Graphic Design, Enghelab Eslami Technical College, Iran, 2001 Solo Exhibition: M Section, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, 2015 | Group Exhibition: Sculpture Exhibition, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, 2015 | Biennale: 9th Biennale Contemporary Graphic Design, Tehran, 2007 | Awards: 1st Place, 3rd Youth Visual Arts Festival, Tehran, 2001 |3rd Place, Puppet Designing, 4th Puppet Theatre Festival, Tehran, 2000 |1st Place, Pencil Drawing, 1st National Cultural Arts Championships, Tehran, 1998 |1st Place Charcoal Conte, National Cultural Arts Competition, Tehran, 1997 |

Shofoufeh Malekkiani

Born: 1977

Education: BA, Law, Azad University, Tehran, 1998 Selected Group Exhibitions: Magic of Persia, Magic in Monaco Exhibition, Monte Carlo, 2017|Contemporary Iranian Art Exhibition & Fundraising Auction, Magic Of Persia, Sotheby’s, California, 2016|Remembering Tomorrow, Auction & Exhibition, Niavaran Cultural Center, Jamm Gallery, Tehran & Dubai, 2016| Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography,


127 Agora Gallery, New York, 2014| Altered States of Reality: An Exhibition of Analog and Digital Photography, Agora Gallery, New York, 2012| Outdoor Group Exhibition, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, 2010| Canadian Association for Photographic Art Group Exhibition, Toronto, 2006| Biennale: 4th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Berlin Foto Biennale, Palazzo Italia, Berlin, 2016| Publications: Book of the Berlin Foto Biennale, Emotions and Commotions, published by Kehrer Verlag, Heildelberg, 2016| Black & White Spider Awards Journal, Journal Collection No.8, California, 2016| Spotlight Artist, ART is Spectrum Magazine Spring/ Summer Volume 31, NEW York, 2014| ART is Spectrum Magazine Fall/Winter Volume 30, New York, 2013| ART is Spectrum Magazine (The Chelsea Perspective) Volume 28, New York, 2012| PSA Journal (Photographic Society of America), Photographing Nomadic Horses, Article & Photos, September issue, USA, 2012| United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Post Cards Package, Iran, 2012 Calendario, Intermon Oxfam Publications in Spain, 2011| Calendrier Du Monde, La Cimade Publications in Paris, 2011| Calendrier, Helvetas Publications in Zurich, 2011| Calendar, New Internationalist Publications in Oxford, United Kingdom, 2011| United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Bookmarks, Iran, 2010|United Nations World Food Program(WFP), Post Cards package, Iran, 2008|Canadian Camera Magazine, Canada, 2006| Awards: Finalist, Fine Art, 8th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in Europe, 2016| Finalist, 29th International Foto Festival KNOKKE-HEIST, Belgium, 2007| 2nd Place, Canadian Association for Photographic Art 2006 Annual Digital Competition, Canada, 2006|

Farbod Mehr

Born: 1991

Education: RIBA, Part I Architecture, London, 2014 Selected Group Exhibitions: Artummah, East of West Gallery, Santa Fe, 2018 | Persia Transcendent, The Laundry, San Francisco, 2017 | Art for Peace International Festival, Artist Forum, Tehran, 2017 | Back to the Picture Gallery, San Francisco, 2017 | Madrigal Family Winery’s Sausalito Gallery, San Francisco, 2017 |

Devonshires Iran Art, Private Exhibition, 12 Hayhill Mayfair, London, 2017 | DNAted, Platform 28, Ab Anbar Gallery, Tehran, 2017 | EMERGEAST Auction Edition 4, The RitzCarlton, DIFC, Dubai, 2017 |Thirty Faces of Kiarostami Group Exhibition, Charsou Pardis, Tehran, 2016 | 1 Million Group Exhibition, Sales Gallery, Tehran, 2016 | MOP Remembering Tomorrow Exhibition, Niavaran Cultural Centre, Tehran, 2016|Magic of Persia, Auction, Dubai, 2016| Magic of Persia, Remembering Tomorrow Exhibition, Dubai , 2016| JAMM ART Gallery, Dubai, 2016|Central Saint Martins Degree Show, London, 2014|University of Arts London Show, London, 2013| Biennale: Art Dubai, Dubai, 2016|

Arsia Moghaddam

Born: 1972

Education: BA, Agricultural Machines, Tehran University, Tehran, 1996 Selected Solo Exhibitions: The Adventure of Ardeshir & Cinderella, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2017 | Arsia’s Hollywood, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2016 | The Pink Lion & His Mona Lisa, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2015 | Abolished Series, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2014 | Sentiments & Memories, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2013 | Shahr--e -Farang, Tarahan e Azad Gallery, Tehran, 2009 | Selected Group Exhibitions: Summer Collection, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2015 | Drawing Week 3, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2015 | Ey Iran, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2014 | Self Educated, Laleh Gallery, 2013 | Stockists, Day Gallery, Tehran, 2013 | Year 2, Iranian Art Forum, Tehran, 2013 | Stuckism, Tabernacle Gallery, London, 2013 | From Past to Present, Day Gallery, Tehran, 2010 | Publications: From the Garden to the Kitchen, Conversation between Shahrouz Nazari & Arsia Moghaddam, Homa Publications, April 2018 |

Ahmad Morshedloo

Born: 1973

Education: MA, Painting, University of Art, Tehran, 2001 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, 2007 | Momayez Gallery, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, 2007 | Tarahan-e Azad Gallery,


128 Tehran, 2005 | Momayez Gallery, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, 2005 | Aria Gallery, Tehran, 2004 | Aria Gallery, Tehran, 2003 | Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, 2002 | Tarahan-e Azad Gallery, Tehran, 2001 | Selected Group Exhibitions: Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2009 | Pergamon Museum, Museum for Islamic Arts, Naqsh, Berlin, 2008 | Heaven on Earth Portraying Iranian Woman, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, 2008 | Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, 2008 | Haft Honar Gallery, Tehran, 2008 | Mehr Gallery, New York, 2008 | Collected Memories, Artspace Galleries, London, 2007 | Broken Promises, Forbidden Dreams, Art London, Iran Heritage Foundation, London, 2007 | Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, 2007 | Works by 17 Artists, Museum for New Art, Freiburg, 2006 | Khak Art Gallery, Tehran, 2005 | Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, 2005 Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, 2004 | Gardens of Iran: Ancient Wisdom, New Visions, The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 2004 | Laleh Gallery, Tehran, 2004 | Iranian Artists’ Forum, +30 Group, Tehran, 2003 | Barg Gallery, +30 Group, Tehran, 2003 | Arya Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2002 | Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, +30 Group, Tokyo, 2002 | Iranian Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 2001 | Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, 2000 | Afrand Gallery, Tehran, 1998 | Biennale: Art Dubai, Dubai, 2010 | Collections: Saatchi Gallery, London, 2008 | Imam Ali Museum, Tehran, 2003 | The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 2001 | Keyhan Gallery, Tehran, Iran Public Collections, 1994 |

Dana Nehdaran

Born: 1982

Education: BA, Painting, Soureh University, Shiraz, 2007 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Agitations of Pleasure, Shirin Gallery, Tehran, 2017| Esther’s Children, Rira Gallery, Dubai, 2013| Esther’s Children, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, 2011| My Mona Lisa, Nar Gallery, Tehran, 2010| The Inside Layers, Morteza Momayez Gallery, Iran Art Organisation, Tehran, 2008| Selected Group Exhibitions: The World is My Home, Advorcartsy Gallery, Los Angeles, 2018| Art Show for a Cause, Mim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2017| Art Brief III, The (UN)DRAPED WOMAN, Arena 1, LA, 2017|

The First Bayaan, Bayaan Art Gallery, Isfahan, 2017| Red, Negar Art Gallery, Tehran, 2017| Perception, Fereshteh Book City Gallery, Tehran, 2017| States of Being Abstract, Elga Wimmer Gallery New York, 2016| Art Brief II: Iranian Contemporary North America, Los Angeles, 2016| Untitled, Smash Gallery, San Francisco, 2016| On Figures, Vista Gallery, Tehran, 2016| The Young Artist, Sareban Gallery, Tehran, 2016| Eraser, Shirin Art Center, Tehran, 2014| History Game, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, 2013| WONDERLAND, Shokouh Art Gallery, Tehran, 2012| Jinn, Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran, 2012| Haft Negah, Farhangsara Niavaran, Tehran, 2012| Magic of Persia, Art Exhibition, Auction Gala, Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, 2012 | Iranian Contemporary Artist, Middle East Art Gallery, Tehran, 2012 | 1st Modern & Contemporary Visual Art Auction, Tehran, 2011| Cutting Edge Artists, Mellat Cinema Gallery, Tehran, 2011| Iranian Painter Association, Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, 2011| The 1st Tehran Painting Market, Barg Gallery, Tehran, 2011| Little Dancer, Henna Art Gallery, Tehran, 2011| Young Avant-Garde, Mellat Cinema Gallery, Tehran, 2010| Encyclopaedia Iranica (Charity Art Exhibition), New York, 2010| Auto-Portraits II, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, 2010| Untitled, Art Center, Tehran, 2010| Untitled, Neel Gallery, Tehran, 2010| 1001 Colours, Canvas Gallery, New York, 2009 | Colours for the Green, Mellat Cinema Gallery, Tehran, 2009 | Global Generation Freiburg Group Exhibition, Freiburg, 2008 | Untitled, Nar Gallery, Tehran, 2008| Photography Expo, Esteqlal Hotel, Tehran, 2007| Eternal Papers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, 2007 | Collections: Caracas Museum, Caracas 2017|Salsali Private Museum, Two Pieces from Esther’s Children Series, Dubai| DD Art Cultural Center, Six pieces from The Inside Layers Series, My Mona Lisa series, Esther’s Children series and Agitation of Pleasure series, Mazandaran | Awards: Winner of Special Prize in Persian New Year Photography, Isfahan, 2004| Winner of Special Prize in Sketching, Hafezieh Competition, Shiraz, 2003|

Dariush Nehdaran

Born: 1984

Education: BFA, Painting, Farhang University, Tehran, 2007 Selected Solo Exhibitions: AMPHIBOLOGY, An anthology of photographs, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, 2018| Shadows of the Tenderloin,


129 Smash Gallery, San Francisco, 2016| Ettelaat, Shokouh Art Gallery, Tehran, 2012| Urban Rivers, Iran Art Organisation, Tehran, 2008| Contemporary Portrait, Khak Gallery, Tehran, 2007| Selected Group Exhibitions: If So What, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, 2018| Artnet auctions, Advocartsy Space, Los Angeles, 2016| Art Brief II: Iranian Contemporary North America, Arena 1 Gallery, Los Angeles, 2016| Untitled, Ordibehesht Gallery, Tehran, 2016| Untitled, Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, 2015| By Iranian Contemporary Photographers, Mellat Gallery, Tehran, 2013| Untitled, Shokouh Art Gallery, Tehran, 2013| Text me, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, 2012 | Saba Photo, Farhangsaraye Saba Gallery, Tehran, 2012| Magic of Persia, Art Exhibition & Auction Gala, Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, 2012| Iranian Pulse, Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, 2011| Magic of Persia Charity Art Exhibition & Auction Gala, Abu Dhabi, 2010| Encyclopaedia Iranica Charity Art Exhibition, New York, 2010| Seven...?!, Day Gallery, Tehran, 2010| Untitled, Neel Gallery, Tehran, 2010| Eternal Papers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Isfahan, 2007| Photography Expo, Esteqlal Hotel, Tehran, 2007| Untitled, Bahman Cultural Centre, Tehran, 2005| Biennales | Art Fairs: II Bienal del Sur, Pueblos en Resistencia, Caracas, 2018 |5th Image of the Year Festival, Innovation Division, Iran Art Organisation, Tehran, 2018| 14th Image of the Year Festival, Innovation Division|Social Documentary, Iran Art Organisation, Tehran, 2017| 13th Image of the Year Festival, Innovation Division, Iran Art Organisation, Tehran, 2016|12th Iranian National Biennial of Photography, Tehran and Yazd, 2012| Noor Festival, Iran Art Organisation, Tehran, 2011| Slamdance Film Festival Genius, Utah, 2011|1st Katara Art Center International Video Art and Digital Art Festival, Doha, 2011|Noor Festival, Iran Art Organization, Tehran, 2011| 1st Hamghadam Festival, Video Category, Sorbonne University, Paris, 2010 | Human, Traffic Festival, Iran Art Organisation, Tehran, 2008| 10th Iranian Photo Biennial, Innovative Photographer Category, Saba Cultural Centre, Tehran, 2006 | Collections: Armando Reverón Contemporary Art Museum, Caracas, 2018 | LACMA, Los Angeles, 2016|Didi Museum, Mazandaran, 2015| Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, 2012| Awards: International Nikon Photo Contest, Category D Open Theme, Japan, 2015| Hamghadam Photo Festival, Environment

Category: 1st place, Sorbonne University, Paris, 2010| 7th Image of the Year Festival, Video Category, 1st place, Iran Art Organisation, Tehran, 2010|

Fereydoun Omidi

Born:1967

Education: MA, Painting, University of Art, Tehran, 1998 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Flags, Opera Gallery, London, 2014 | Calligraphy, Opera Gallery, Paris, 2013 | XVA Gallery, Dubai, 2012 | XVA Gallery, Dubai, 2008 | Calligraphy, Fereydoun Ave Gallery, Los Angeles, 2007 | Iranian Artist’s House Gallery, Installation and Video Art, Tehran, 2001 | Painting on Plates, Azad Designers Gallery, Tehran, 2001 | 4 Painters, 4 Gallery, Barg Gallery, Tehran, 2000 | Collection of Plants, Fereshteh Gallery, Tehran, 1998 | Fereydoun Ave Gallery, Tehran, 1996 | Fereydoun Ave Gallery, Tehran, 1995 | Selected Group Exhibitions: Total Art Gallery, Dubai, 2016 | Culture of Peace, Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, 2015 | Melal Gallery, Tehran, 2015 | Saba Cultural Center, Tehran, 2015 | Culture of Peace, Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, 2014 | Pop Art, Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, 2013 | Islamic Art Museum Opening, Malaysia, 2013 |Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, 2013 | Tara Gallery, Santa Monica, 2013 | Rira Gallery, Dubai, 2012 | Iranian Artist’s Group Exhibition, Video Art (Elliot Lake), Canada, 2007 | Spiritual Art Exhibition, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, 2005 | Paris Group Exhibition, Cite des Arts, Paris, 2004 | +30 Group Exhibition, High Art, Yerevan, 2003 | +30 Group Exhibition, Zanjan University, Zanjan, 2002 | Adam & Eve, Art Cultural Center, 2002 | Video Art, Venice, 2002 | +30 Group Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Esfahan, 2001 |+30 Group and Gunen Group, Metropolitan, Tokyo, 2000 | +30 Group Exhibition, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, 2000 | 1st Annual Exhibition of Iranian Designers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 1999 | Nature Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 1999 | Iranian Artist’s, Jordan, 1999 | Biennales: Shanghai Biennale, 2013 | Venice Biennale, Video Art, 2003 | +30 Group, Paris Triennale, 2001 | 5th Biennial of Iranian Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, 2000 | 4th Biennial of Iranian Painting, 1997 |

Maryam Rastghalam

Born: 1981


130 Education: MA, Visual Arts, Milan Fine Art Academy, Milan, 2012 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Recurring Dreams, Spazio CB32, Milan, 2017 |Persian Garden, Haleh Gallery, Munich, 2016 | Selected Group Exhibitions: Magic of Persia, Kamil Gallery, Monte Carlo, 2017 | Char-baq, Contemporary Art Museum, Esfehan, 2016 |Rite of Passage, City Hall, San Francisco, 2016 |Flashback, Haleh Gallery, Munich, 2015 | Who Art You, La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, 2015 | Isola Isole Insulae, Assab One Exposition Space, Milan 2012 | Circoloquadro Gallery, Milan, 2011 | Illustration, Circolo dell’arte e cultura del comune di Pontedera, Florence, 2007 | Daryabeigi Gallery, Tehran, 2004 | Collections: The Museum Funf Kontinente, Munich 2015| Ali Behnam Bakhtiar Private Collection, 2017|

Ali Razavi

Biennales | Art Fairs:

Born: 1977 Pulse, Miami Beach Art Fair, Miami, 2018| Volta14, Basel Art

Education: ABSC, Mechanics Fluid,Tehran Azad University, Tehran, 2000 Selected Group Exhibitions: Black & White, Gallery e1, Tehran, 2018|Plasco, White Line Gallery, Tehran, 2017|Charity Daheshpour Exhibition, Gallery, Tehran, 2016|Fearless, Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, 2016| Fearless, Art Total Gallery, Dubai, 2016 | This Side Up, Gallery Panjereh, Tehran, 2015|Untitled, Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, 2014 |Happy Days, Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, 2014 | Experience, Gallery Panjereh, Tehran, 2014 | Takhti Exhibition, Contemporary Museum of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, 2014 |Takhti Exhibition, Shirin Gallery, Tehran, 2014| Gaza Salvation, Cultural Center of Niavaran, Tehran, 2014 | Biennales: International Painting Symposium, Unesco, Athens, 2017 |Painter Today Biennial, Art of Garden Museum, Tehran, 2016|

Shadi Rezaei

Fiumano Class Gallery, London, 2018|IBS Project Gala Auction, The Dorchester Hotel, London, 2017|Magic in Monaco, Kamil Art Gallery, Monte Carlo, 2017|Magic in Monaco Auction, Yacht Club de Monaco, Monte Carlo, 2017|Trans-It, MAFA Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London, 2017| Art Capsule, Fiat Chrysler Motor Village, London, 2016|Exhibition of Contemporary Iranian Art, MOP Foundation, Sotheby’s, Los Angeles, 2016|AFY London 2016, Mall Galleries, London, 2016| Sign From Iran, Moravian Gallery, Brno, 2016|IBS Project Gala Auction, The Dorchester Hotel, London, 2015|Art for Youth, Mall Galleries, London, 2015|Magic of Persia Group Exhibition & Auction, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, 2015|Office Session III, Mavreleon Project, London, 2014|Art for Youth London, Royal College of Arts, London, 2014|Without Borders, Persbook Art’s Continual Exhibitions, SIN Gallery, Tehran, 2011|The Shadows, The House of Iranian Artists, Tehran, 2009|Image of the Year, Iranian Artist`s Forum, Tehran, 2008|26-2, University of Art, Tehran, 2008|

Born: 1986

Education: MA, Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, UK, 2017 Selected Group Exhibitions: Animal Party, Kamil Gallery, Monte Carlo, 2018|Discoveries,

Fair, Basel, 2018|

Collections: The Tomita Family Collection, USA, 2018 | Ali Behnam Bakhtiar Private Collection, Dubai, 2017|Moravian Gallery, Brno, 2016 | Publications: Art, Materiality and Representation, RAI, British Museum and SOAS, London 2018 | The Top 7 Art Exhibitions to see in London this week, FAD Magazine, online, 2018|An Exhibition of Work by Emerging Artists, Chelsea College of Art Blog, 2018|Monaco Info - Le JT, 2017|Art with Iranian Flavour, La Notizia, 2016| Arabesque 2; Art and Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia, Dublin, 2011|Editorial Report, Mediterranea E-magazine, online, 2011| TALK, Iranian E-magazine of visual Arts, 2010| Awards: Winner of London Reach Prize, Art for Youth, London, 2014|Selected & Nominated by BBC Art & Culture Recording Program, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, 2012 | Winner of the 1st Persbook Art’s Continual Exhibitions, Tehran, 2010|

Natasha Riboud Education:

Born: 1986


131 Tulane University, Louisiana Group Exhibition: Produced and Exhibited in Pop-up photography gallery experiences called the HoboFotoSho, New York, 2010|

Bahar Sabzevari

Born: 1980

Education: MFA, New York Academy of Art, New York, 2018 Selected Solo Exhibition: Watson Institute, Brown University, Providence, 2014| Selected Group Exhibitions: Summer Residency Exhibition, Cheng Xi Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2017| Tirgan, Toronto, 2013 | Iranian Arts Now, Cité internationale des Arts, Paris, 2012| In The Currents, Bay Area Iranian/American Art today, Oakland, 2012| The Mask and The Mirror, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, 2011| Bahar Sabzevari & Omid Hallaj, RX Gallery, Paris, 2011 | Sous Le Radar, La jeune scène Iranienne, JTM Gallery, Paris, 2010 | Biennale: FIAC Art Fair, Paris, 2010 |

Melika Shafahi

Born: 1984

Education: MA, Visual Art (DNSEP), Ecole Nationale Superiure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 2012 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Pirsook Art Space, Shiraz, 2018 |Beautiful People, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, 2015 | Tehran Project & Emperor’s New Clothes, Rira Gallery, Dubai, 2012 | Photography Exhibition, Igreg Gallery, Tehran, 2011 | Autoportrait, Photography and Installation, Gallery de I’ESBAM, Montpellier, 2010 | 1001 Nights, Tehran, 2009 | Tehran Project, Harandi Gallery, Tehran, 2008 | Selected Group Exhibitions: MOPCAP Finalist Exhibition, EOA Projects, London, 2015 | The World Viewed 2, Y Art Studio, Tehran, 2015 | What Are You Waiting for, Laleh June Galerie, Basel, 2015 | MOPCAP Shortlist Exhibition, Dubai, 2015 | The World Viewed 1, Igreg Art Studio, Tehran, 2015 | Les Enfants du Sabbat n°14, Centre d’art Contemporain Le Creux de l’Enfer, Thiers, 2013 | Prix ICART, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, 2013 | A Men, Aun Gallery,Tehran, 2012 | Iranian Arts Now, Cité internationale

des Arts, Paris, 2012 | Respect to time, Rira Gallery, Dubai, 2012 | Ciphers, Tension with Tradition in Contemporary Iranian Photography, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, 2012 | Charivari’s FREAKS, Curiosities & Realities, Berlin, 2011 | Iran Incorporated, West beyond 51””40 Gallery Annie Gentils, Anvers, 2011 | Iran & co, 11 Emerging Artists ‘La Brugeoise’ Brugge, 2010 | Melika and Mamali Shafahi, Château de la foret, Paris, 2010 | June Begins May, Laleh June Gallery, Basel, 2008 | Green, Photography Exhibition, Mehrva Gallery, Tehran, 2006 |

Peyman Shafieezadeh

Born: 1983

Education: BA, Painting, Art & Architecture Faculty, Tehran, 2006 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Jaay-gaah, Pejman Foundation, Tehran, 2018| The Negative Positive Space, Etemad Gallery,Tehran, 2016 | Notes by a Carbon Paper, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, 2013| Baudrrduab, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, 2011| Burda, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, 2010| Selected Group Exhibitions: Group Exhibition, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, 2018 | Precious Fragments, CAP Kuwait, 2016| COME(E)PASS, Hinterland, Vienna, 2016 | 2nd ICAB The Culture of Peace, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, 2016| EXTENTION.IR: Tehran, Capital in Capital Letters, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, 2016|This is Just an Image, Red Bull House of Art, Detroit, 2015 | MOPCAP Shortlist Exhibition, Private Residence, Dubai, 2015 | Ghaza, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, 2014| Ja Be Ja, Azad Gallery, Tehran, 2014|Ja Be Ja, Unpack Studio, Toronto, 2014| Happiness, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2014| Zoo, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, 2014| Short Stories, Dar Al-Funoon Art Gallery, Kuwait City, 2014| Open Source, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, 2013| Speak Your Peace, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, 2013 | Endless, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, 2013| Group Painting Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ahwaz , 2012| OCCUPY ME! Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, 2011| 13X18 Portraits, Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran, 2011 | TV, Mohsen Gallery,Tehran, 2011 |Self Portrait 2, Mohsen Gallery & Silk Road Art Gallery, Tehran, 2010 | Tehran Real and Virtual, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran, 2008 | Montakhab Nasle No, Homa Gallery, Tehran, 2007 | Memorial of Ferdowsi, Arasbaran Cultural Center, Tehran, 2007 | Biennales: 7th Tehran National Sculpture Biennial, TMOCA, Tehran, 2017 |4th Guanlan International Print Biennial, Guanlan


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StArtpoint, Florence, 2014 | Le Murate, StArtpoint, Florence, 2013 | The Medici Family Palace, StArtpoint, Florence, 2012 | Voices From Iran, Galeria Arte & Memoria, Bahia, 2011 | Fashion Paper, The Milan Triennale, Milan, 2010 | Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, 2006 |

Awards: 1st Prize, 7th Tehran National Sculpture Biennial, Tehran, 2017 |MOP CAP Shortlist Selection, Dubai, 2015 | Top Ten selected by the Jury, Facade Video Festival of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, 2013 |

Collections: Collection of the Florence Fine Art Academy, Florence, Italy | Le Murate Foundation, Florence, Italy | Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, Iran |

Shirin Tabeshfar

Born: 1958

Education: BA, Graphic Design, Bath Academy of Art, Bath, 1982 Selected Solo Exhibitions: Cricket Fine Art Gallery, London, 2018 |Galerie du Cygne, St. Tropez, 2017 |Galerie du Cygne, St. Tropez, 2014|Cricket Fine Art Gallery, London, 2013 |Galerie du Cygne, St. Tropez, 2011| Lyric Theatre,London, 1990| Selected Group Exhibitions: Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire, 2018 | Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire, 2016 |Highgate Contemporary Art, London, 2015 | Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire, 2015 | Royal College of Arts, London, 2014 | Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire, 2013| Royal College of Arts, London, 2012|Josie Eastwood Fine Arts, Hampshire, 2011|Cricket Fine Art Gallery, London, 2011|Swann Gallery, Rye, 2011|Swann Gallery, Woodstock, 2010 |Fairfax Gallery, London, 2009 | Kufa Gallery, London, 2004|Tabernacle Gallery, London, 1995|

Siavash Talaei

Born: 1980

Education: MA, Visual Arts and New Forms Of Expression, Accademia Di Belle Arti, Florence, 2014 Solo Exhibition: O Gallery, Tehran, 2018 | Selected Group Exhibitions: Volk, StArtPoint, Florence, 2017 |MardAA_Mard, Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, 2016 |MOPCAP Shortlist Exhibition, Dubai, 2015 | The Grand Cypher: Hip Hop, Iran and Syria, Rush Art Gallery, New York, 2014 |Platform 16 Holocaust Memorial Project Shortlist Exhibition, Florence, 2014 | Souk,


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Unconditional Pictures is honoured to be producing the life of internationally loved sportsman Mansour Bahrami - a true life story, unique yet universal - & made for the screen. As a little boy in Tehran, Mansour fell in love with tennis, but was forbidden to play. Undeterred, he taught himself at the bottom of an empty swimming pool, using a plank of wood, a frying pan - anything he could find. From his beloved Tehran to wandering the streets of Paris penniless, this charismatic showman somehow survives - his indomitable spirit, courage and heart keeping his hope alive. This moving, entertaining & truly inspiring story is living proof that against every obstacle destiny can be met & dreams can be fulfilled.

It is our privilege to be working with Mansour developing his life story for the Cinema. With our sincere thanks to the MOP for their support - & wishing everyone a wonderful evening celebrating this great foundation. Producer: Dawn McDaniel dawn@mcdnl.com


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“Elemental Sculpture Park”

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@HYPERSIA Follow us on Instagram to get latest news of Art, Design Tech and Fashion Hype in Persia / MidEast. Use #HYPERSIA to contribute to our community Founder and Curator: Farbod M Mehr


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Ali Razavi

Born in 1977 in Tehran ABSC in Fluid Mechanics. possessing more than 20 years of experience in Graphic Designing, Advertising, Art Print and Graffiti.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS


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TERMS & CONDITIONS CONDITIONS OF SALE FOR AUCTION GALA MAGIC OF PERSIA (MOP) FOUNDATION The property offered in this sale will be offered and sold by MOP Foundation (the “Charity”). Any questions should be directed to the Charity and not to Christie’s, Inc., which serves merely as auctioneer for the Charity in conducting the auction sale and participates on the following terms and conditions, as amended by any posted notices or oral announcements during the sale, which govern the sale of all the property offered at the auction: 1. (a) Neither Christie’s nor the Charity assume any risk, liability or responsibility for the authenticity of the authorship of any property offered at this auction (that is, the identity of the creator or the period, culture, source or origin, as the case may be, with which the creation of any property is identified). (b) ALL PROPERTY IS SOLD “AS IS” AND NEITHER CHRISTIE’S NOR THE CHARITY MAKES ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND OR NATURE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPERTY, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL EITHER OF THEM BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CORRECTNESS OF ANY CATALOGUE OR NOTICES OR DESCRIPTIONS OF PROPERTY, NOR BE DEEMED TO HAVE MADE, ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTY OF PHYSICAL CONDITION, SIZE, QUALITY, RARITY, IMPORTANCE, GENUINENESS, ATTRIBUTION, AUTHENTICITY, PROVENANCE OR HISTORICAL RELEVANCE OF THE PROPERTY. No statement in any catalogue, notice or description or made at the sale, in any bill of sale invoice or elsewhere, shall be deemed such a representation or warranty or any assumption of liability. Neither Christie’s nor the Charity makes any representation or warranty, expressed or implied, as to whether the purchaser acquires any reproduction rights in the property. Prospective bidders should inspect the property before bidding to determine its condition, size and whether or not it has been repaired or restored. 2. Any property may be withdrawn by Christie’s or the Charity at any time before the actual sale without any liability therefore. 3. Christie’s and the Charity reserve the right to reject a bid from any bidder. The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer shall be the purchaser. In the event of any dispute between bidders, the auctioneer shall have sole and final discretion either to determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the article in dispute. If any dispute arises after the sale, the Charity’s sale records shall be conclusive in all respects. 4. If the auctioneer determines that any opening bid is not commensurate with the value of the article offered, s/he may reject the same and withdraw the article from sale, and if, having acknowledged an opening bid, s/he decides that any advance thereafter is insufficient, he may reject the advance.


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5. On the fall of the auctioneer’s hammer, the highest bidder shall be deemed to have purchased the offered lot subject to all of the conditions set forth herein and thereupon (a) assumes the risk and responsibility thereof (including without limitation damage to frames or glass), (b) will sign a confirmation of purchase thereof and (c) will pay the full purchase price no later than Saturday 18 August 2018 in Euros by cheques or wire transfer. All lots will be transferred to the ANDRE CHENUE warehouse in Nice, and will be released to the purchaser upon receipt of full payment to the Charity. Storage and handling fees will apply from Saturday 18 August 2018 at a minimum monthly storage charge of Euro 60 and are the sole responsibility of the purchaser. All pickup and delivery arrangements must be made by the purchaser with ANDRE CHENUE*. If the foregoing conditions and other applicable conditions are not complied with, in addition to other remedies available to the Charity by law, including, without limitation, the right to hold the purchaser liable for the bid price, the Charity at their option, may either (a) cancel the sale, or (b) resell the property on three days’ notice to the purchaser and for the account and risk of the purchaser, either publicly or privately, and in such event the purchaser shall be liable for payment of any deficiency, all other charges due hereunder and incidental damages. 6.

Any cheques and wire transfers should be payable to the MOP Foundation.

7. (a) If a prospective buyer gives Christie’s instructions to bid on his/her behalf, Christie’s shall use reasonable efforts to do so, provided these instructions are received no later than 24 hours before the sale. (b) If Christie’s receives commission bids on a particular artwork for identical amounts, and at auction these bids are the highest bids for the Lot, it will be sold to the person whose bid was received first. (c) In the case of order bids or bids transmitted by telephone, Christie’s and the Charity are not responsible for any errors or omissions in connection with such bids. (b) All lots are offered for sale subject to a reserve, which is the confidential minimum price below which such lot will not be sold. Christie’s may implement such reserve by bidding up to the reserve on behalf of the Charity. ANDRE CHENUE is a full service art handling company and can help to arrange the delivery of your purchased items. Once payment for the lot(s) have been received in full and confirmation has been provided by the CharityMOP Foundation, pickup/delivery can be arranged from the allocated warehouse in Nice by contacting the following persons at CHENUE storage: Carine Bryselbout office: +33.4.92.29.51.00, mobile: +33.6.09.11.18.61 e-mail: Carine.bryselbout@chenue.com and chenue.nice@chenue.com Items will need to be arranged for pickup or delivery before Saturday 18th August 2018 in order to fall under complimentary storage. After this date the minimum storage charges are Euro 60 per month.


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INDEX Afsoon Alaleh Alamir Hojat Amani Pooya Aryanpour Fereydoun Ave Mohammad Bahabadi Nima Behnoud Mohammad Bozorgi Alireza Chalipa Josiane Cohanim Hanieh Delecroix Younes Faghihi Mehdi Farhadian Shadi Ghadirian Mehdi Hamedi Hamed Heidari Abbas Kiarostami Shokoufeh Malekkiani Farbod Mehr Arsia Moghaddam Ahmad Morshedloo Dana Nehdaran Dariush Nehdaran Fereydoun Omidi Peybak Maryam Rastghalam Ali Razavi Shadi Rezaei Natasha Riboud Bahar Sabzevari Bijan Saffari Melika Shafahi Peyman Shafieezadeh Shirin Tabeshfar Siavash Talaei

Lot 16 / Page 78-79 Lot 29 / Page 104-105 Lot 06 / Page 58 -59 Lot 08 / Page 62-63 Lot 27 / Page 100-101 Lot 23 / Page 92-93 Lot 10 / Page 66-67 Lot 17 / Page 80-81 Lot 32 / Page 110-111 Lot 12 / Page 70-71 Lot 20 / Page 86-87 Lot 03 / Page 52-53 Lot 28 / Page 102-103 Lot 26 / Page 98-99 Lot 09 / Page 64-65 Lot 30 / Page 106-107 Lot 35 / Page 116-117 Lot 19 / Page 84-85 Lot 14 / Page 74-75 Lot 25 / Page 96-97 Lot 33 / Page 112-113 Lot 15 / Page 76-77 Lot 22 / Page 90-91 Lot 04 / Page 54-55 Lot 11 / Page 68-69 Lot 05 / Page 56-57 Lot 07 / Page 60-61 Lot 18 / Page 82-83 Lot 10 / Page 66-67 Lot 24 / Page 94-95 Lot 34 / Page 114-115 Lot 13 / Page 72-73 Lot 02 / Page 50-51 Lot 21 / Page 88-89 Lot 31 / Page 108-109


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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Nina Ansary Nazenin Ansari Barbat Ensemble Ali Behnam Bakhtiar, Bakhtiar Design Nima Behnoud, NIMANY Heli Bin Brahim Kamil Davaripour, Kamil Art Gallery Hugh Edmeades Maryam Eisler Michael Henry Elghanian-Krayam Roya Elghanian Bastien Gonzales, Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio Caroline Jelmoni, Kamil Art Gallery Sara Jamshidi Samira and Hamid Jourabchi Fariborz Kiani Homa Art Gallery Ebi Melamed John Mojdehi Hamid Mousavi Goli Nili Sanam Oveyssi Rebecca Anne Proctor, Harper’s Bazaar Janet Rady Lisa Rokny, Harper’s Bazaar Patti Rubin, Wonder Soil Arash Saedinia Ariana Stein Alain and Elizabeth Taghipour Stan Tomchin Anna Wallace Thompson

Afsoon Alaleh Alamir Hojat Amani Pooya Aryanpour Fereydoun Ave Mohammad Bahabadi Nima Behnoud Mohammad Bozorgi Alireza Chalipa Josiane Cohanim Hanieh Delecroix Younes Faghihi Mehdi Farhadian Shadi Ghadirian Mehdi Hamedi Hamed Heidari Abbas Kiarostami Shokoufeh Malekkiani Farbod Mehr Arsia Moghaddam Ahmad Morshedloo Dana Nehdaran Dariush Nehdaran Fereydoun Omidi Peybak Maryam Rastghalam Ali Razavi Shadi Rezaei Natasha Riboud Bahar Sabzevari Bijan Saffari Melika Shafahi Peyman Shafieezadeh Shirin Tabeshfar Siavash Talaei


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COMMITTEE Sara Ameri Trustee Nina Ansary Trustee Shirley Elghanian Chair of the Board of Trustees Shirin Elghanayan Secretary of the Board of Trustees Sanam Oveyssi Trustee Asal Sobati Trustee Vajihe Soleymani Trustee Shirley Elghanian Chief Executive Bibinaz Hamidi Project Manager Samira Jourabchi International Honorary Consultant Fereshte Moosavi Art Director and Curator Goli Nili Editor

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